Remote court proceedings should not block public and press

The shift to remote court proceedings has sidelined the public in many instances. The federal district court in the District of Columbia with strains the press and public from “photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings.” These restraints are common in other jurisdictions, and in some cases the press has been punished for violating them. (Law360, November 16, 2020, by Matthew Schafer)

Douglas Keith and Alicia Bannon, writing for the Brennan Center for Justice, September 10, 2020, describe the principles the center identified to make remote proceedings fair and open. They write that the Constitution guarantees open court proceedings consistent with privacy and other requirements.

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