Lawmaker calls for court broadcasts

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 14, 2017
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter

All court proceedings should be broadcast live and recorded, New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Hsu

New Power Party Legislator Hsu Yung-ming yesterday at a news conference in Taipei holds up a card showing screengrabs of footage taken from courts in China. Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

Yung-ming (徐永明) said yesterday, promising to propose amendments to the Organic Act of Court Organization (法院組織法).

“Recent cases in which live broadcasting was allowed deserve commendation, but courts should not be allowed to cherry-pick which case to broadcast,” Hsu told a news conference, adding that judges and prosecutors should be required to allow recording in courtrooms.

The Supreme Court recently allowed a limited live broadcast of Aboriginal hunter Wang Kuang-lu’s (王光祿) trial, while the Council of Grand Justices has announced that it is to broadcast next month’s debate over the constitutionality of marriage equality.

However, the broadcasts have been spotty and limited to controversial or well-publicized cases, with provisions of the act stating that courtroom recording may only proceed with approval from the presiding judge, who also has the authority to demand their erasur    [FULL  STORY]

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