French Minister of Justice proposes law to allow filming of trials

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The French Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, has introduced a draft law before the Council of Ministers, seeking to restore confidence in the judicial institution by presenting several reforms including audio-visual broadcasting of court trials.

The draft law permits the use of cameras inside courtrooms for the purpose of filming trials and making them available to the public.

The recordings will only be made available to the public once the case has been decided.

The draft law also has a requirement to obtain written consent from all relevant stakeholders like the parties to the case, before filming.

According to news reports on the draft law, magistrates or lawyers will narrate the procedure in the recordings to simplify the legalese for laymen, who are more accustomed to American television series courts.

Other reforms introduced under the draft law include an overhaul of the penalty reduction system and strengthening lawyers’ secrecy.

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