ERIC Number: ED170784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Cameras in the Courtroom: A U.S. Survey. Journalism Monographs No. 60.
White, Frank Wm.
Changes in the prohibition against cameras in state courtrooms are examined in this report. It provides a historical sketch of camera usage in the courtroom since 1935 and reports on the states permitting still, videotape, film cameras, and other electronic equipment in courtrooms since 1978, on the states now experimenting with the matter, and on those currently planning experiments. It notes that the pattern of change has been unusual in that changes have developed from "below" rather than from the federal court system or the American Bar Association and that, in addition, the changes have been without clear leadership. The report points out that because the changes have developed at the level of the individual states without uniform guidance, emerging policies have differed: some states require camera pools, restriction of photographers to designated areas, the consent of all involved, and the restriction to a single camera, while others do not. It concludes that further research is needed regarding the psychological impact of cameras in the courtroom. (DF)
Descriptors: Court Doctrine, Court Litigation, Courts, History, Journalism, Legal Problems, News Reporting, Photography, State Legislation
Prof. Harold Wilson, AEJ Publications Manager, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Education in Journalism.