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An open courtroom: cameras in New York courts by New York State Committee to Review Audio-Visual Coverage of

By New York State Committee to Review Audio-Visual Coverage of Court Proceedings.

On June 30, 1997, the scan, initiated in 1987, that gave trial judges discretion to permit televised and still-camera assurance of civil and felony trial court docket lawsuits in ny nation got here to an finish. After years of research, a 12-member, state-appointed committee has issued its findings and suggestions at the query of cameras in long island courts. Their effects are contained in An Open court docket. This ebook deals: an advent, govt precis; evaluation of the committee's paintings; a precis of the present legislations; evaluate of digital camera legislation in different states and in federal courts; precis of the committee's checklist; the committee's review and conclusions; suggestion; appendices which come with the result of a jurist ballot and the committee's judicial survey, interviews, and different pertinent info; and a minority record/ dissent arguing opposed to the committee's suggestions.

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The Office of Court Administration should develop an Enhanced Judicial Training Program to Familiarize all Judges with the Applicable Statutory and Administrative Provisions and Safeguards 88 Appendices A. Judicial Survey 93 B. Marist Institute for Public Opinion Poll 113 C. Judiciary Law, Section 218 125 D. Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge 133 E. California Rule of Court 980 149 F. Overview of Camera Coverage Laws in the Fifty States 157 G. Jury Consultant Interviews 171 H. Office of Court Administration Data on News Media Applications for Audio-Visual Coverage of Court Proceedings 175 I.

Page xix We believe that the safety and privacy concerns of witnesses in civil cases deserve the trial judge's careful attention. Some witnesses in civil proceedings may reasonably fear injury to their personal or professional reputation if certain aspects of their past are thrust before a television audience. In accordance with the rules of the Chief Administrative Judge, we believe that trial judges should remain ''especially sensitive and responsive to the needs and concerns of all ... witnesses" and should exercise, if necessary, their statutory discretion to protect the witness in a civil proceeding who raises a valid privacy or safety concern.

S. 11 The Committee wrote to the deans of all of the law schools in New York State to determine to what extent televised footage from New York cases is used in the classroom and in continuing legal education programs for practicing attorneys. S. S. Judicial Conference's Executive Committee), camera-experienced trial lawyers in New York State and elsewhere, and a wide variety of organizations, 8 Data from the Office of Court Administration on news media applications for camera coverage is summarized in Appendix H.

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