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Cameras in Courts

Posted by Library Blog on 10/30/2015 at 11:21 AM

According to the United States Courts website, “[e]lectronic media coverage of criminal proceedings in federal courts has been expressly prohibited under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 53 since the criminal rules were adopted in 1946.”

Starting in July, 2011, fourteen federal trial courts voluntarily took part in an experiment to evaluate the effect of cameras in courtrooms. The data collection portion of the pilot concluded this summer with the videos posted online until the Judicial Conference considers recommendations regarding the pilot. More information about the project can be found on the Federal Courts’ website.

Although the District of Rhode Island did not take part in the pilot, the District of Massachusetts did. There are several videos from Massachusetts which may be of interest to law students and faculty such as a hearing on a Motion for Order Approving Settlement Agreement and a 2013 hearing on a Petition for a Federal Writ of Habeas Corpus.

For more information about the history of cameras in courts, see the history provided with the videos themselves on the US Federal Courts’ website. For additional information on this topic, see the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press website.

Video from actual court cases can also be a useful tool for law students and young attorneys learning trial techniques. LexisNexis Courtroom Cast allows access to real trial proceedings with commentary and analysis to provide students the opportunity to see how to practice their craft.

Cameras in the courtroom