“The American public pays a whole lot for a justice system and I don’t see any reason they don’t get to see every way it functions and if it doesn’t function well, they can change it.” – Judge Judy
Judge Judy says in her interview with Stephen Colbert that she has cameras in her courtroom and believes that the Supreme Court should also have cameras in their courtroom. The interview suggests in a broader sense that cameras should be installed in American courtrooms in the interest of justice, and judicial accountability.
Judge Judy also says that cameras are needed because transcripts of a trial can not show what is actually happening in the courtroom, including the demeanor of a witness and their body language. Judge Judy says that body language offers clues that she uses to determine the truthfulness of a witness. Similarly, cameras would record the statements of the judge, attorneys and other court officers and accurately record their demeanor in the courtroom.
According to the United States Court website (“History of the Courts“) there is protocol where a judge can authorize the use of cameras in the courtroom.
“A judge may authorize broadcasting, televising, recording, or taking photographs in the courtroom and in adjacent areas during investitive, naturalization, or other ceremonial proceedings. A judge may authorize such activities in the courtroom or adjacent areas during other proceedings, or recesses between such other proceedings, only:
1) for the presentation of evidence;
2) for the perpetuation of the record of the proceedings;
3) for security purposes;
4) for other purposes of judicial administration;
5) for the photographing, recording, or broadcasting of appellate arguments; or
6) in accordance with pilot programs approved by the Judicial Conference.”
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