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Cameras in Court

10 February 2012

Cameras in court webThe possible involvement of public relations specialists in advising legal professionals in the wake of plans to allow filming in UK law courts will be debated in a symposium at the University.

Hosted by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, the event takes place on 1 March 2012 and will gauge the impact of the changes announced by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke in September 2011 to allow judgements to be broadcast from the courts of England and Wales.

A panel of experts will discuss the potentially fundamental issues that face the UK’s legal and public relations industries, offering their vision of the future and how it will be shaped and influenced by those that stand to gain or lose from these changes.

The panel will be chaired by Professor Duncan Bloy, an expert in media law at the School. He will be joined by Melanie Riley of Bell Yard, a leading litigation PR firm; Simon Bucks, Associate Editor Sky News; and barrister for Gerry and Kate McCann, Angus McBride of Kingsley Napley.

Together they will debate whether the complexities of legal cases can be conveyed within the compressed timeframe of mainstream television news, without the risk of sensationalism by the media. They will also address the increased public scrutiny of legal professionals and the opportunity for those who can provide pithy sound-bites opportunities to enhance their reputation.

The event will mark the launch of a new Research Centre within the School which will cover public relations and global communications issues.

The Legal Communications Symposium will take place in the Birt Acres lecture theatre, Bute Building on Thursday 1 March 2012. Refreshments will be available from 5:30pm, with the debate starting at 6:00pm. Attendance is free but places must be reserved here.

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