Advantagesand Disadvantages of Televised Courtroom Session
Televisedcourt session involves the use of cameras in the courtroom during theproceedings (Siegel 467). The practice has gained momentum because ithas been used in some of the most publicized cases such as O. JSimpson, Casey Antony and George Zimmerman. This paper will discussthe advantages of televised courtroom session.
First,televised court session acts as a deterrent and cautions againstcommitting crime or being involved in bad behaviors (Siegel 467).Most people learn and get relevant information involving the casewhen televised hence important in educating and cautioning purposes.Similarly, individuals get to know the consequences of an action inthe event it is televised. This is vital in deterring those who wantsto misbehave.
Secondly,it helps the public to get first-hand information without theinfluence of the media (Siegel 467). In many occasions, mediadistorts information relayed to the public in case high-profileindividual are involved. Therefore, televising the court session willminimize media bias since the public will get the chance of weighingthe jury judgment without distortion. Hence, it deals well withsensational which has been a major problem experienced.
Thirdly,televising court proceedings is essential especially in cases whichattract widespread public interest. One of such cases was OJ Simpsonwhich attracted the public interest and called for televised courtsession (Dershowitz 7). The public who watched it on television cameto know the truth rather than what they read on the newspapers whichwas misleading. It helped in finding the truths from the publicopinion which had no evidence in the criminal judicial proceedings.The public realized that criminal trial entails complex balancing oftruth in values, fairness and privacy. It helps in educating thepublic on the competing societal values which are used in determiningthe case.
Additionally,televised courtroom sessions are important because they relay realtime events as they happen. It allows individuals to follow courtproceedings from any place since the world is globalized (Dershowitz8). Those interested in following the case will not require travelingto the court room which is always congested in cases involving publicinterest. Therefore, it spares individuals from travelling as theycan follow the proceeding from any part of the world through radio ortelevision. This is very convenient to those who are not able to moveand reach courts or have some commitments which can’t allow them toattend live court session.
Lastly,televised court session is important to scholars who want to learnhow judicial proceedings are conducted (Siegel 467). Scholars willlearn how to conduct themselves in the court room and gainexperience. Similarly, those practicing law who are not able to gothe court can watch the session at the comfort of their house andtake notes. Therefore, it is very important as a scholarly source ofknowledge and experience.
Inconclusion, televised court session is very important to the public.It makes them obtain first-hand information away from mediadistortion without travelling hence convenient to those withdifficulties travelling. Additionally, it creates awareness of whatis going on in the courtroom making them passive participants as italso helps in relaying real time information from the court as theyunfold. Moreover, it ensures a fair trial since many people willaccess the session and criticize the session where necessary.
Dershowitz,Alan. TelevisedTrials and Appeals.2012. Online
Siegel,Larry. Introductionto criminal justice.Mason: Cengage Learning, 2008. Print.