March 30, 2015

The Law Must Not Only Be Done, But Be Seen To Be Done

Jordan M. Singer, New England Law School, is publishing Judges on Demand: The Cognitive Case for Cameras in the Courtroom in volume 115 of the Columbia Law Review Sidebar (2015). Here is the abstract.

In 2011, the federal district courts began a pilot program to record and post full-length videos from selected civil proceedings. The program was deliberately structured to preserve the quality and integrity of ongoing adjudication. Three-and-a-half years in, the program has revealed an equally important, and unanticipated, benefit: improving the quality and integrity of future adjudication. This essay describes this second benefit and explains why the pilot program should be extended beyond its scheduled sunset in July 2015.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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