Media outlets have campaigned for ten years to broadcast remarks

From tomorrow (Thursday 28 July), broadcast news channels will air judges’ sentencing remarks from the Crown Court for the first time.

Following a change in the law, the public will see and hear judges explain the reasoning behind sentences, to allow a better understanding of how decisions are reached.

Broadcasting of sentencing remarks is allowed under The Crown Court (Recording and Broadcasting) Order 2020.

Some of the most high-profile courts across the country will be opened up, including the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey).

The sentencing at the Old Bailey of Ben Oliver, who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his grandfather in south London, is expected to be the first broadcasted case.<...

Suzanne Townley
News Editor
Solicitors Journal

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