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Seeing both sides of: cameras in the courtroom
The case for
The Manitoba court system took a long-overdue step this week putting cameras in some courtrooms on a trial basis.
It has always struck us as ironic that one of the basic tenets of the justice system has been the justice must be seen to be done, yet that same system has steadfastly rejected the communications technology that has permeated every other facet of our lives.
The case against
It is essential that Canada’s justice system stands apart from the theatrics and the grandstanding that the fields of politics and media inevitably try to foist upon it.
Justice is the domain where logic, reason, fairness and integrity should be paramount and bringing cameras into the courtroom threatens the dignity of that environment.
It should not be cheapened.