A momentous moment for the law in the UK. TV cameras have recorded proceedings in one of the highest courts in England and Wales for the first time.
In the first case to be broadcast, the ringleader of a large-scale scam to forge pound coins failed in his bid to appeal against his seven-year sentence.
After years of campaigning by broadcasters ITN, BBC, Press Association and Sky News, cameras have been placed in five courtrooms at the Royal Courts of Justice.
However, as the videos below explain, there are some significant restrictions on what can be broadcast. The cameras will only focus on lawyers and judges. Defendants, witnesses and members of the public will be kept out of shot.
Cameras are not yet allowed in crown courts and magistrates' courts.read more...»
I have recently been introducing my BTEC level 2 students to the concept of sentencing and asked them what they thought about the sentencing in the UK and across the world. They gave various typical examples such as having your hands chopped off for stealing and refered to the death penalty in some states in America. I asked them to guess the sentence given to various images and cases that I had displayed and we had a good discussion of whether it was enough or was too harsh.
The Open Justice website is now a great resource for students to use on sentencing and, amongst other things, the proposed changes to the criminal and civil court systems.And of course there’s fab sentencing resource You Be the Judge...