TV cameras broadcast from the Supreme Court for the first time

It is thought the project could be extended further in the future

TV cameras broadcast from the Supreme Court for the first time

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Updated: 10.00

Two Supreme Court judgments have been broadcast on Irish television for the first time ever.

Television cameras were allowed in to film two judgements being handed down.

This was the first time any recording or transmitting of proceedings in a court case in Ireland have been permitted.

The proceedings were broadcast on RTÉ from inside the court room via small robotic cameras, which will feed images to a satellite van outside.

Following discussions, the pilot project will see a trial process, with hopes of developing it further in the future.


The Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, said earlier: "We are taking the step of televising the judgments of the Supreme Court, as a way of demystifying the courts process.

"We wish to allow people see how their highest court operates. This will help explain and create an understanding of the courts.

"This is a start, and following a test period, we will review the success of same with a view to expanding coverage in the new Year.

"This might include televising the parties making their arguments in the Supreme Court".

The first judgment related to an Irish man challenging his extradition to the US to face charges related to a mortgage fraud.

The second judgment involved a man who sought compensation under the residential institutions redress act for harm he had suffered as a young child.