TV cameras are to be allowed to film in Crown Courts in England and Wales for the first time.
Announcing the news, senior judge Lord Justice Bob Bobson said it’s important the justice system ‘gets with the programme’ and starts to ‘charge people £1.50 a time to have their say.’
The judiciary, broadcasters and government have welcomed the move.
As have Ant and Dec who are expected to front many of the trials in order to make some of the more harrowing cases lighter with ‘cheekiness and dad jokes.’
It marks a radical change and a significant extension to the operation of open justice.
And also allows Sky and ITV to make a ‘shed load of cash.’
All Crown Court staff who will be involved in the cases where filming takes place will receive training and guidance.
Judges will be taught how to use ‘dramatic pause’ in sentencing and ushers will be given tips on using the ‘O’Leary charm’ to make incredibly dull TV interesting for viewers.
The first broadcasts should take place in late spring or early summer.
The courts are currently in decision with Simon Cowell over the exact terms of the deal, but it’s expected to include a commitment to ‘camp up’ the judicial process with the addition of David Walliams to the most high-profile cases.
But not everyone has given the move an unconditional welcome.
Bar Council chairman Amanda Pinto said, ‘It might seem like a good idea now but we’re one step away from Louis Walsh sending people down because they look like a criminal and sound like a criminal.’