Manitoba courts ready for their close-up

By: The Canadian Press

 | Apr 15, 2014 - 12:22 PM |
WINNIPEG - Manitoba will start routinely allowing TV cameras in its courtrooms for select hearings.

Chief Justice Glenn Joyal says there will be designated courtrooms where it is presumed that everything will be broadcast.

He says lawyers are welcome to argue against having a camera in court but the assumption is that they are allowed.

Joyal says cameras won't be allowed to record jury trials or witnesses giving testimony.

Chief Justice Richard Chartier says courts must be open to the public.

TV cameras will be allowed to broadcast a murder trial verdict for the first time Wednesday.

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