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Monday, May 27, 2013

Cameras in the courtroom "inevitable in Canada"

Since we get a lot of American television programming up here in Canada, we're getting used to seeing trials and other court appearances shown on TV. In Canada, however, our courts have resisted the idea of having cameras filming the proceedings. Not that you can't find out what's happening, of course; anyone can go down to a courthouse and sit down to listen. And there are always reporters present to let us know what's going on as well.

I'm attaching a link to a story in advocatedaily.com that features Marcy Segal, a Toronto lawyer who practices criminal law and spends her time in courtrooms. Click here to read it. Ms. Segal talks about the American system and why she thinks one day we'll have cameras in our courtrooms as well.

By the way, I've put up a new poll (on the right hand side of this blog) to find out whether you believe we should have TV cameras in Canadian courtrooms. I'd love to know what you think.

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