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Opening Arguments

Camera shy

Today's "close but no cigar" award:

The Indiana Supreme Court is partnering with public broadcasters to teach viewers about the legal process.

The first show is called "Family Matters: Choosing to Represent Yourself in Court." It will begin airing Thursday on Indiana public television stations.

The Supreme Court says the show provides information for people who decide to represent themselves in court without an attorney.

Even the best documentary will leave some holes in the information or put a spin on it not as helpful to real people as the "experts" think. Want to help people understand courts' workings? Make cameras in the court official Supreme Court policy.


Thu, 09/02/2010 - 9:21am

The Supreme Court has webcast nearly every oral argument held before it from the past several years. They broadcast them live and archive them forever. The ones it hasn't have been "on the road" at locations like IU.

The Court of Appeals is just getting their feet wet with webcasting, though.

Leo Morris
Thu, 09/02/2010 - 9:32am

I appreciate the webcasting we've had, but I'd like to see cameras in all our courts. The Supreme Court did a "limited" experiment in selected courts, but didn't seem very enthusiastic about it, so it was no big surprise that the reception was less than lukewarm.

Bob G.
Thu, 09/02/2010 - 10:22am

I think that "experiment" as before the advent of the "bazillion" channels we have available now, as well as our recently acquired societal ADHD...

It might work if tried again today, esp. w/ all the "reality TV buffs"...
'Ya never know...until 'ya try (again).