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Court of Appeal to live-stream family cases

Joint initiative by the judiciary and government to boost transparency in the justice system

Family cases that reach the Court of Appeal could be broadcast online later this year via the judiciary website, YouTube and Facebook.

Parties involved will be informed prior to the hearing whether their case will be broadcast and will be given the chance to raise objections, but cases with reporting restrictions will not be broadcast. The court will retain the discrection to not broadcast a hearing.

Cases will be broadcast on a 90 second time delay to allow for the broadcast to be stopped by the judge or court clerk.

Cameras will be directed at the Judge's Bench and the Bar, not the parties.

The announcement with quotes from Sir Terence Etherton, Sir Andrew McFarlane and Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland can be read on the Government website.

16.3.2020