The Government said it will now consider filming of sentencing remarks in the Crown Court, with victims, witnesses, offenders and jurors still protected and not forming part of the broadcasts.
– Courts minister Shailesh Vara
This is a landmark moment that will give the public the opportunity to see and hear the decisions of judges in their own words.
It is another significant step towards achieving our aim of having an open and transparent justice system.
We are clear that justice must be seen to be done and people will now have the opportunity to see that process with their own eyes. It will also help further the public's understanding of the often-complex process of criminal and civil proceedings.
A pilot took place in the Court of Appeal in the Royal Courts of Justice in 2005, in which cameras were allowed to film in the court.