Televising the Court of Appeal to start

Televising the Court of Appeal to start


Come next Monday, 28th October 2013, you will be able to watch live and edited highlights of many proceedings in the Court of Appeal (both criminal and civil divisions).

Arguments in the Supreme Court have been broadcast for a few years and it hasn’t caused any problems (I’m not clear what the audience figures are.

Is it a good thing? A bad thing? Background from the MoJ on the issues are here.

We will hold fire on commenting until we see how it works (or doesn’t). Look out for a review next week …

Dan is a barrister at 2 Dr. Johnson’s Buildings practising in crime.


  1. anything that moves toward transparency in the Courts has got to be a good thing. the Courts have been hijacked for far too long. read my blg on twitter @sqinternet – to see why I am very keen on ‘openess’

  2. Never underestimate the vanity of the Bar, especially those of the male persuasion, when faced with a camera.

    Older readers will remember that on the night ITV began BBC staged the fire at Ambridge in which Philip Archer lost his first wife. In the same way I see this as the chance for a rival channel to screen a documentary about Improvements in Bacon-Slicing Technology in Central Lithuania, 1928 to 1931 and make a killing on the ratings.