HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Cameras will soon be allowed in Connecticut courtrooms during criminal trials and many other proceedings.

The state’s Superior Court judges voted this week to expand a pilot program that has allowed cameras and recording devices to be used in a Hartford criminal courthouse since 2008. The program will be expanded statewide starting in January, though judges will have discretion to decide whether proceedings in their courtrooms can be televised or recorded.

Cameras have been allowed in courtrooms in recent years to record arraignments and some civil proceedings in various Connecticut courthouses. They will still be prohibited in courtrooms when cases involve a sexual assault or juvenile defendant.

The pilot program in Hartford came after two commissions studied suggestions to improve public access and confidence in the Judicial Branch.
Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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


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