TV cameras go live in UK's Court of Appeal


Monitors viewing TV camera positions are prepared inside Court Four at the Royal Courts of Justice in London in this photo taken Monday Oct. 21, 2013, during preparations for the first ever live TV transmission from inside a court in England. Television cameras will be allowed inside the Court of Appeal, one of Britain's highest courts for the first time from Thursday Oct. 31, 2013, partially lifting a ban on filming in court that has been in place for almost a century. (AP Photo / Stefan Rousseau, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES | Zoom

LONDON (AP) - Lights, camera, appeal!

Television cameras were allowed for the first time in one of Britain's highest courts Thursday after a partial lifting of a nearly 90-year ban on filming in courts. The landmark shift comes after years of campaigning from broadcasters such as the BBC, Sky News and ITN.

James Harding, the BBC's director of news, said broadcasting proceedings at the Court of Appeal will help viewers understand how the justice system works. In the first broadcast case, a man lost his appeal of a 7-year sentence for counterfeiting.

Lawyers' arguments, judges' comments and sentencing remarks may be filmed, but victims, witnesses and defendants may not.

Some cases will be broadcast with a 70-second delay.


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