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    We have all watched plenty of good films and TV shows where crucial and nailbiting courtroom scenes are shown, and 'Crown Court' was fairly compelling at times, and anyone who has been to court in real life - I have been selected for Jury Service three times - can add that it is very interesting to watch.



    In the USA, the televising of trials is routine and we have seen many clips of famous trials like OJ Simpson, Phil Spector etc, and even some non-celebrity ones.

    A few years back there was a tryout in Scotland I think where proceedings for ordinary cases were shown on TV, just to see if it would make good TV.

    My question to you all.

    Would you like to see British trials on television? What would you see as the positives and negatives? Would you watch it?



    As ever - go in peace, and may your God walk with you

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    I've been on a couple of juries myself, and would be quite happy to do it again, but I'm not sure about televising.



    In the interest of fairness, no editing could be allowed, so you would need a dedicated channel with an open ended schedule. Even then, you still get 'real-time' editing imposed by the program director.



    I think that there are too many potential problems.

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    name='Mr Cosmo']My question to you all.

    Would you like to see British trials on television? What would you see as the positives and negatives? Would you watch it?



    As ever - go in peace, and may your God walk with you

    Mr Cosmo


    No, you'd get everyone playing up for the cameras, and for the wider audience. Some barristers/advocates are bad enough anyway, they're more like overly dramatic actors than anyone trying to get to the truth of the matter.



    Just look at the OJ Simpson trial (the first one) to see how a trial can be waylaid by something which isn't really anything to do with the case but is just put in to stir up the masses.



    You say of the Scottish trial that they did it to see if it would make good TV. A trial is much too important to be considered as entertainment.



    Steve

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    I would hate to see this happen! Judges do a bad enough job as it is never mind having the cameras on them and concentrating more on that than the actual trial and sentencing!



    It would become the fashion that people would purposly commit crime just to get on tv. I mean, look at the way some idiots queue up to air thier dirty habits on the Jeremy Kyle show!



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    name='faginsgirl']I would hate to see this happen! Judges do a bad enough job as it is never mind having the cameras on them and concentrating more on that than the actual trial and sentencing!



    It would become the fashion that people would purposly commit crime just to get on tv. I mean, look at the way some idiots queue up to air thier dirty habits on the Jeremy Kyle show!



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    Maybe someone should set up a LowLife TV channel and we could all avoid it.

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    name='charliekane']Maybe someone should set up a LowLife TV channel and we could all avoid it.


    They already have, lots of them, and I do avoid them



    Steve

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