Television courtroom broadcasting has now been permitted into the UK Court of Appeal. As always in these debates, the prototypical argument for television courtroom broadcasting is that it will (always) result in educational effects for the general public.
It is an interesting coincidence that in the week the world has been gripped by the televised trial of the self-confessed Norwegian mass killer, Anders Behring Breivik, Britain also had a taste of how justice can be seen to be done via TV.
If the reports are true, and it seems they are, we are on the verge of something quite historic. British broadcasters have finally prised open the door to the last bastion of public life which remains closed to TV cameras, courtrooms.
Whether one is in favour of or against courtroom broadcasting, the research of the effects on the audience is relevant. Unfortunately, more research is needed. It is hoped that the UK proposals once announced, will encompass effects research too.