Thursday, October 6, 2011

Televised riot trials unlikely, says head of B.C. Crown Counsel Association

Premier Christy Clark's proposed Riot TV plan is unlikely to take off because judges are only expected to allow cameras in courtrooms with the consent of defendants, says the president of the B.C. Crown Counsel Association.
A provincial court directive sets out the conditions for media to apply to broadcast courtroom proceedings, and one rule stipulates that the application must be signed by all parties in the trial, including the accused.
"It doesn't seem very likely at all," said Samiran Lakshman, the Crown counsel association president.
Defence lawyer Ravi Hira of Vancouver said it would be a very "rare circumstance" for any defence lawyer to agree to this kind of publicity.

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