Massachusetts Supreme Court Upholds Video Streaming of Court Proceedings

Here is the beginning of the Boston Globe story:

The highest court in Massachusetts on Wednesday rejected challenges to a pilot project that continuously streams live, unedited court proceedings from one of the busiest courtrooms in the state.

The “OpenCourt” project began in May with cameras recording and streaming murder arraignments, traffic and drug cases live over the Internet from Quincy District Court.

The project, run by WBUR-FM, Boston’s National Public Radio station, was designed to promote greater access to the courts through digital technology. It was praised by journalists, but raised concerns from some prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Here is the link to the live video and archive.

There is a lot about the court at this link, including interviews with Judges and staff.

As a law student in the late 70’s I actually appeared in that court under the state’s student practice rule.  At that point the court was a national innovator in alternatives to incarceration.

It will be an interesting experiment in transparency.  I wonder if any evaluation is planed.

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One Response to Massachusetts Supreme Court Upholds Video Streaming of Court Proceedings

  1. Jim Greiner says:

    HI, Richard, interesting news. It’s worth noting that the Quincy District Court has always been a leader on experimentation to see what works. For example, it was the site of the recent District Court Study comparing the effect of one kind of unbundled assistance to full representation in summary eviction proceedings.

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