Opinion

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.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.