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Call to lift court filming ban in Northern Ireland

Ulster Unionist justice spokesman Basil McCrea has welcomed the news that the ban on filming in law courts in England and Wales is to be lifted.

The Assemblyman has called on the local Justice Minister, David Ford, to take steps to extend the measure to Northern Ireland.

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said it will be the first time that cameras have been allowed in courts other than the Supreme Court, although only filming of the judge's summary remarks will be allowed, he said.

"I believe that it will enable the general public to gain a better understanding of this particular aspect of the legal process and would certainly assist transparency and openness," said Mr McCrea.

"It could and should be introduced in Northern Ireland."

Belfast Telegraph