Illinois high court to allow cameras in courts

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CHICAGO – The Illinois Supreme Court is expected to announce a new policy allowing cameras in trial courts on an experimental and limited basis.

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CHICAGO – The Illinois Supreme Court is expected to announce a new policy allowing cameras in trial courts on an experimental and limited basis.

Spokesman Joe Tybor says the court will make its announcement Tuesday.

Illinois has allowed cameras to be present during Supreme Court and Appellate Court hearings since 1983. At the time of that decision, the court continued the ban during trials because of fair trial concerns.

Tybor said Monday the new rules for cameras will be on a limited and experimental basis to determine whether media access and fair trials can co-exist.

Broadcasters have long advocated the use of cameras and tape recorders during criminal trials in Illinois, pointing to the public’s right to know.

Illinois is one 14 states that currently don’t allow cameras during criminal trials.

Media groups are welcoming an announcement by the Illinois Supreme Court that allows cameras and recorders in trial courts on an experimental and limited basis.

The president of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, Jennifer Fuller, says her group has advocated for the move for years as a way to improve coverage of the justice system.

Fuller says TV, radio and other media outlets will be eager to show that their expanded presence in the courtroom won’t be disruptive.

AP

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