Judge Judy Supports the Use of Cameras in the Courtroom: “Fortunately, I Have Cameras in My Courtroom”

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.” 

Do you think cameras should be installed in America’s courtrooms, including family court? Please post your thoughts in the comments section below! 

Sources: 

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

History of Cameras in Courts

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About Emily Court

It takes "Just Us" To Fight Injustice in Family Court. I blog to raise awareness about problems existing in the family court system, and use my own story as a personal example of how the systemic failures in family court, and the Guardian ad Litem Program, affect families, in an effort to encourage needed reform. "Emily Court" is a survivor of domestic violence and homelessness working to create a better life for her children, in a stable home free of violence. In her efforts to rebuild her life, she has not only encountered harassment and intimidation from her alleged abuser but faced systematic failures in family court that have empowered her alleged abuser and put her children at risk. Emily is fighting to keep her kids safe, and bring them home. Through writing and blogging, Emily is working to raise awareness about domestic violence, and the urgent need for family court reform. She is currently working on a memoir titled "'Til Prayers Are Answered".
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3 Responses to Judge Judy Supports the Use of Cameras in the Courtroom: “Fortunately, I Have Cameras in My Courtroom”

  1. Court Insanity says:

    Of course the most famous case involving cameras in the courtroom happened in Sept 2013 when attorney Michelle MacDonald was approached by a court deputy and put under arrest for the offense of Contempt of Court due to taking a photo when court was not in session.
    After being detained in a courthouse holding cell, MacDonald was transported back into the courtroom in a wheelchair. By then MacDonald’s client had departed, along with all the files. …Michelle concluded the trial in handcuffs.
    Some of the court and jail footage was shared by Lion News and can be viewed on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AHZzHy9qFs&feature=youtu.be

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