Fed Courts In Mass. To Join Camera In Courts Study

BOSTON (AP) – The U.S. District Court of Massachusetts is among 14 federal trial courts selected to take part in pilot study of cameras in courtroom.

Federal officials announced Wednesday the courtrooms will began taking part in the study on July 18.

Under the program, civil trials will be recorded with the approval of the presiding judge and all parties.

The pilot recordings will not be simulcast, but will be made available as soon as possible on www.uscourts.gov. The pilot will allow the participation of more than 100 U.S. District judges, including judges who favor cameras in court and those skeptical of them.

The courts were selected by the Committee on Court Administration and Case Management of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. in consultation with the Federal Judicial Center.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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