Eight accused Stanley Cup rioters appeared in Vancouver Provincial Court Wednesday with Crown prosecutors making an application to televise the proceedings.
In her throne speech in October, B.C. Premier Christy Clark said she wanted the riot proceedings broadcast. Crown spokesperson Neil MacKenzie said an application to televise proceedings would be made on a case-by-case basis.
“The crown will be making the applications for broadcast of trials for sentencing proceedings, so substantive appearances,” he said. “Those applications will be made when the court schedules them at the appropriate time.”
MacKenzie said the B.C. Criminal Justice Branch initially opposed the idea. However, Crown prosecutors are now acting on directions from the Attorney General, who supports it.
MacKenzie would not speculate how long the application process would take, but said additional staff would manage the process, allowing the dedicated five-member Crown prosecution team to focus on the trials.