Thursday 27 April 2017

'Cameras would be safe for trials here'

The idea of allowing cameras into Irish courts was discussed Stock photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
The idea of allowing cameras into Irish courts was discussed Stock photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Allowing cameras into Irish courtrooms would not lead to nightly "football-style" commentary on trials like that seen during the OJ Simpson case, a leading legal commentator has said.

Joshua Rozenburg QC, who presents the BBC's 'Law in Action' programme, told the Bar of Ireland's conference at the weekend that Ireland's contempt laws are so strong that "play-by-play" analysis of trials would not be an issue even if cases were broadcast.

Mr Rozenburg covered the OJ Simpson trial for the BBC in 1994 and said it had a huge effect on the debate on cameras in courts over here.

"The case was discussed every night on US TV like a football match. You wouldn't get that over on this side of the ocean," he said.

But leading Scottish barrister Gordon Jackson QC told the conference he is against the presence of cameras in courts because he believes lawyers may play up for the cameras and would "become adverts for themselves".

"Judges too might not be unaffected," he said

Irish Independent

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