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ERIC Number: ED087067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 45
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Courtroom Access: Clarification and Recommendation for Canon 35.
Forston, Robert F.; Forston, Anne L.
Canon 35, concerning improper publicizing of court proceedings, is one of the professional codes of the American Bar Association. First adopted in 1937, it has twice been amended and is widely observed by most courts throughout the United States. Reasons for barring radio or television coverage of trials are based on concerns that broadcasting would detract from courtroom dignity, distract participants and witnesses, and create misconceptions about the true nature of trials in the minds of viewers. Opponents of Canon 35 claim that broadcasting of trial proceedings would make them truly public. They also feel that this broadcast ban infringes on the public's right to know about administration of justice and thus denies freedom of the press and freedom of information. Broadcasting in the courtroom can also serve to educate the public in judicial matters. The worth of Canon 35 could be determined by setting it aside for an experimental period, allowing trials to be broadcast on a selective basis. This procedure could then be evaluated by independent observers to determine the actual effects of this type of publicity on court proceedings. (RN)
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