Illinois Supreme Court to Allow Trial Courts to “Experiment” with Courtroom Cameras

January 23rd, 2012 by Mickey Osterreicher and tagged , ,

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Illinois Supreme Court will begin to permit cameras in trial courts on an experimental basis in the state’s 23 circuits.

“The Supreme Court plans an announcement [Tuesday] dealing with cameras in the courtroom on an experimental basis,” said Joseph Tybor, a spokesman for the state’s high court.

Cameras in the Courtroom at the trial court level has been a high priority for Illinois Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride, who has been a staunch advocate on behalf of this issue.

Coverage of the state’s appellate courts and the Supreme Court has been allowed since 1983, but up until now cameras  have been banned at the trial court level.

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