David Lammy and Lord Falconer have called on the government to make live streaming of court cases the norm, both during and after the coronavirus pandemic, in a bid to make sure that the justice system is “open, transparent and fair”.
In a letter to Robert Buckland, the Shadow Justice Secretary and Shadow Attorney General urged him to take action that they said would not only fix short-term problems but also “address the systematic and historic failings” of the system.
Commenting on the livestream proposal, Lammy said: “Open justice is a fundamental right that underpins the justice system. As a result of restrictions on non-essential travel, it is currently not possible for most members of the public to attend court.
“To maintain public confidence in the justice system, with a few exceptions, all court cases should be streamed online. Labour is calling for the live-streaming cases to become the norm during and after the Covid-19 crisis because a more transparent system is a fairer system, which gives greater access to justice for us all.
“We know this is possible because proceedings at the Supreme Court can already be observed in this way. If it takes bold steps now, the government can not only get the justice system running again, it can make improvements that will improve the system for generations to come.”