Pennsylvania... Supreme Court to Allow TV Cameras in Court Rooms for First Time

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 08/15/2011 - 3:45pm.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Monday it would open its proceedings to television cameras for the first time. Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille announced an agreement with the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) to allow gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Supreme Court's oral arguments and to make them available to PCN's network of more than 3.3 million homes. ~ Jeff Blumenthal

PCN's Supreme Court coverage is expected to begin on September 13. The justices hear arguments in their Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia courtrooms.

Castille noted that the agreement was reached after PCN had operated successful pilot videotaping programs in both the Commonwealth Court and Superior Court— the state's two other appellate courts.

The agreement comes with some limitations on coverage. The oral arguments cannot be broadcast live, and PCN must cover the chosen arguments gavel-to-gavel. In addition, sealed proceedings can't be covered, and the court says it can shut off the cameras "to protect the parties' rights or to ensure the orderly conduct of the proceedings."

Unlike other big states such as New York, California and Florida, Pennsylvania has not allowed cameras in courtrooms. The New Jersey Supreme Court provides live webcasts of oral arguments and archives dating back to January 2005.

Here is a state-by-state guide to cameras in the courtroom...


Jeff Blumenthal - August 15, 2011 - PhiladelphiaBusinessJournal


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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 08/15/2011 - 3:45pm.