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Broadcasting courts will help people understand them, chief justice says

The first broadcast of court proceedings in Ireland will help demystify the courtroom, the chief justice has said.

In a pilot project, state broadcaster RTE will film two judgments handed down by the country's Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Footage will be captured from inside the court room via small robotic cameras, which will feed images to a satellite news van outside.

The Chief Justice of Ireland Mr Justice Frank Clarke said: "We are taking the step of televising the judgments of the Supreme Court, as a way of demystifying the courts process.

"We wish to allow people see how their highest court operates. This will help explain and create an understanding of the courts.

"This is a start ,and following a test period, we will review the success of same with a view to expanding coverage in the new year. This might include televising the parties making their arguments in the Supreme Court".

Jon Williams, managing director RTE News and Current Affairs, said: "It's vital that justice is not just done, but is seen to be done.

"So we welcome the Chief Justice's decision to allow RTE's cameras into the Supreme Court - and hope it will enable the public to see the way justice is delivered in an even more open and transparent manner than at present."

The first judgment to be broadcast relates to an Irish man challenging extradition to the US to face charges related to a mortgage fraud.

The second involves a man seeking compensation under a state redress scheme for harm he suffered as a young child in a residential institution.

The proceedings will be broadcast on RTE News Now and on RTE.ie/news.

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