Miscellany:Allowing photography and broadcasting of judicial proceedings

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Code of Virginia § 19.2-266 states, "A court may solely in its discretion permit the taking of photographs in the courtroom during the progress of judicial proceedings and the broadcasting of judicial proceedings by radio or television and the use of electronic or photographic means for the perpetuation of the record or parts thereof in criminal and in civil cases, but only in accordance with the rules set forth hereunder."

In the interests of transparency and accountability, I would advocate that courts be required to allow photography and broadcasting in all cases. This will better fulfill the spirit of the Sixth Amendment guarantee of a public trial. When injustices occur in our courts, families will be able to use the videos on YouTube and other platforms to campaign for changes in the system.