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The Court of Appeal to live-stream its first hearing this week

14th November 2018

A note from Nicholas Scott -
The use of technology in court has become much more commonplace in recent years. Judges have discussed its ability to make the law more accessible, as well as reducing costs and enhancing the speed and efficiency of the legal system.
Video conferencing has become more customary, with individuals interested in a court proceeding able to participate from a remote location. The English courts saw their first online courtroom hearing for claimants back in early 2018. This allowed claimants to attend a hearing while at home or at work.
Now for the first time, the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) will have its first live-streamed hearing. The case concerns West Ham United and E20 who manage the former Olympic Stadium (now known as the London stadium) who are in dispute over what seating capacity should be made available to the football club for its home fixtures.
The preliminary hearing will be heard on the 15th November and live-streamed on the Court's youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi3XytDJY8a3I9_vL7A_5SQ/live.
The below article was written by Aishah Hussain for Legal Cheek and can be found at: https://www.legalcheek.com/2018/11/court-of-appeal-to-be-live-streamed-for-the-first-time-this-week/
The decision to live-stream select cases is part of a move to improve public access to, and understanding of, the work of the UK’s second highest court.
The case selected for the public pilot this Thursday will be heard before a judicial panel of three at the Royal Courts of Justice and live-streamed on the judiciary’s YouTube channel. Viewers tuning in can expect to see a split-screen of simultaneous broadcast between the judicial bench and the front rows of counsel.
Commenting on the new initiative, Sir Terence Etherton, the Master of the Rolls, said:
“This is an exciting way of opening up our courts to help the public understand and see for themselves the way that courts work, and how appeals are heard. The first case is a high profile one with a great deal of public interest, which is why it has been selected for the public pilot.”
He continued:
 “The intention is to have up to three appeal hearings being live-streamed in the near future, assuming that all works well with the public pilot. We hope that as well as opening up the court’s work to a mass audience, the broadcasts will increase public confidence in the system.”
Live-streaming of court proceedings has taken place for some time in the Supreme Court, but only since 2013 have certain proceedings in the Court of Appeal been selected for filming and broadcast.
Should Thursday’s pilot be successful, the Master of the Rolls will request an amendment to the current rules preventing the filming and broadcasting of family cases heard in the Court of Appeal.
The above article was written by Aishah Hussain for Legal Cheek and can be found at: https://www.legalcheek.com/2018/11/court-of-appeal-to-be-live-streamed-for-the-first-time-this-week/