It's neither possible or necessary to allow everyone in the country to see every trial.
"Justice shall be administered in courts established by law by judges appointed in the manner provided by this Constitution, and, save in such special and limited cases as may be prescribed by law, shall be administered in public."
You'll note that the first word is 'Justice'. If televising trials would interfere with justice then it shouldn't happen. I think that turning trials into entertainment would lessen the prospect of justice being served so I'm against the idea.
That's bad enough but the media would also be able to push their own agendas as well. It would be very easy for instance, to use selected clips from a dole fraud trial to drum up support for SW cuts.
Aside from media bias there are other concerns. You'll recall the obscene events in a Kerry court where locals queued to shake the hand of a rapist. Imagine how witnesses would feel if they knew that their evidence was being broadcast into the homes of his supporters.
There's also a risk that barristers could be intimidated into refusing to defend those accused of crimes that provoked public disgust. When soap opera stars are berated in the streets for the antics of their screen characters, it's not difficult to guess what could happen to a barrister who defended someone who was guilty in the public eye.
Television cameras in the courts are not neutral. They will distort the process and I can't see how that serves the public interest in justice being done.
paediatrician being driven from her home by vigilantes. A barrister who successfully defended someone accused of a high profile crime that had public sentiment running high, could be at serious risk if the media were irresponsible.
Last edited by Baron von Biffo; 12-09-2012 at 02:11 PM. Reason: Added link.
Paschal Donohoe, Karl Whelan, Juliet Tennent(Goodbody) and German investigative journalist Harald Schumann.
Banking supervision, ESM, ECB and what it all means for Ireland.
I agree with B von Biffo on this,
TV would lead to lawyers playing to the gallery - it has made a mess of US trials
I think they should be recorded (audio would suffice if the cost of video is prohibitive) and the tape published after the trial along with the judgment.
- Friends of the Irish Environment, 28.04.2003"The land Coillte Teo is now selling for development was given to them by the State in 1988 to ensure that our woodlands were run commercially, not to enable them to sell the family silver to service bank loans".