Framing the Issues for Cameras in the Courtrooms: Redefining Judicial Dignity and Decorum
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, cameras, courts, freedom of expression, judges, lawyers
This article examines the role of s. 2(b) of the Charter of Rights in determining the role of cameras in Canadian courtrooms. The discussions reveal that arguments in opposition to cameras are largely unfounded and in contradiction to the freedom of expression guarantee. The denial of the right is in reality based on judges' and lawyers' fear of loss of control of the courtroom environment. Cameras should only be banned from courtrooms as part of a total publication ban, and then only after a careful s. 1 analysis
A Wayne MacKay, "Framing the Issues for Cameras in the Courtrooms: Redefining Judicial Dignity and Decorum" (1996) 19:1 Dal LJ 139.