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Monday, May 16, 2011

Sky News launches live Supreme Court coverage

Sky News launches live Supreme Court coverage

Monday 16 May 2011 by Catherine Baksi

Sky News has today launched live coverage of proceedings in the UK’s Supreme Court.

The court’s hearings and judgments can now be watched live over the internet.

The Supreme Court is exempt from the prohibition on filming court proceedings in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and has four cameras installed in each of its three court rooms, but until now use of footage has generally been limited to news coverage and occasional documentaries.

The move means that legal professionals, students and members of the public interested in the work of the Supreme Court do not have to travel to London to see proceedings.

However, there will be occasions where the nature of the case means that live streaming is suspended.

The court’s chief executive Jenny Rowe said: ‘We hope that making available live video of the court’s hearings and judgments will help the legal profession, and inspire and educate the next generation.

‘We are grateful to Sky News for taking the initiative in developing this service, which will be welcomed by all those who are concerned [about] seeing justice being done.’

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