Cameras In Court Of Appeal For The First Time (PICTURES, VIDEO)

LOOK: This Is What It's Like Inside The Court Of Appeal

It's a sight that will be familiar to fans of TV courtroom dramas - but this time it's for real.

In a move described as "a landmark moment for justice and journalism", cameras were allowed inside the historic Court of Appeal for the first time.

They recorded proceedings while a ringleader of a coin-forging scam - represented by the Prime Minister's brother Alex Cameron QC - failed in his bid to appeal against his sentence during the first proceedings to be broadcast in the country's second highest court.

'A landmark moment for justice'

Filmed after the near 90-year ban on allowing cameras in court was lifted, Lord Justice Pitchford refused an application to appeal against Kevin Fisher's seven-year jail term for his role in what is believed to be the largest ever plot to make fake pound coins in the UK.

James Harding, BBC director of news and current affairs, said: "This is a landmark moment for justice and journalism. It

is a significant step on the way to helping millions of viewers gain a greater understanding of how our judicial system works."

Asked how he felt about being the first barrister to appear on camera at the Court of Appeal, Mr Cameron said: "It's surprising."

Speaking as the judges retired to consider the application, he added: "I only found out yesterday it was happening."

Mr Cameron declined to comment further after the application was refused.

Speaking during a visit to the headquarters of construction and support services giant Carillion in Wolverhampton, his brother Prime Minister David Cameron said: "I couldn't help notice that the barrister in the case was actually my brother

which was a surprise to me this morning as I think it was a surprise to him.

"My reflection on that is that the noise and the atmosphere in the Court of Appeal is rather different to the noise and the atmosphere in the House of Commons for Prime Minister's Question Time.

"It's very quiet, it's very ordered, it's very reasonable. So I said to my brother perhaps he would like to do a job swap for a day.

"But I think it's an important thing. Open justice, open Government is a good thing and I think to start in the Court of Appeal is right."

Fisher, 55, from Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire, was jailed in May along with two other men after an undercover police operation recovered 80,000 fake £1 coins and a large quantity of blank metal discs that would have created coins with a total face value of £1.5 million.

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