Calls for More Court Broadcasting

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

There are calls for more sentencing proceedings to be broadcast in high-profile criminal cases.

People around the world tuned in to watch Cardinal George Pell be jailed for at least three years and eight months for child sex offences in the 1990s.

Law Council of Australia President Arthur Moses says the power exists with the court to allow televised proceedings.

“It’s still something of a rarity, and I think at the end of the day what we need to see in this country is perhaps all governments looking at whether there should be a uniform approach to the broadcasting of court proceedings so that it becomes, in effect, the norm rather than an exception,” Mr Moses says.

Mr Moses says when the media is allowed into the court room, it promotes open justice and a greater understanding of how judgements are reached.

“It prevents misinformation about decisions of the court and allows all Australians to have a better understanding of the workings of one of the most important institutions of the country, being our courts.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has backed the decision to televise Cardinal Pell’s sentencing, saying the more access that was made available to this information, the better.

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