Manitoba courts ready for their close-up

Global News

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s top judges are designating courtrooms where video cameras will be allowed to record — a move they say is unique in Canada.

Chief Justice Glenn Joyal with the Court of Queen’s Bench said lawyers are welcome to argue against having a TV camera in those courtrooms, but the assumption is that they are allowed. This marks a huge shift in Manitoba where hand-held cameras have never been allowed past security.

“We’re terribly excited by this,” Joyal said Tuesday. “This is the first meaningful, collective initiative by all three levels of court … which stipulates that there is a presumption in favour of broadcasting that one court.”

While cameras have been allowed in Appeal Court and in certain cases in other provinces, this is thought to be the first time a province has designated courtrooms where proceedings can be broadcast automatically. All matters before the Manitoba Court of…

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