The 14 federal trial courts that agreed to participate in a program allowing cameras in the courtroom have, after the first year of the three-year pilot, made 39 court proceedings available online for public viewing. According to U.S. District Court Judge Julie Robinson (Kan.), who chairs the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management which is studying the pilot, “It is encouraging that so many civil proceedings are now available online for the public to see, as if they were in the courtroom themselves.” Participating courts follow conference guidelines; they record the proceedings themselves with the approval of the presiding judge and the parties. See Third Branch News, July 31, 2012.

“It is encouraging that so many civil proceedings are now available online for the public to see, as if they were in the courtroom themselves.”