UK Supreme Court proceedings can now be viewed any time, anywhere with the launch today of an on demand service showing videos of past hearings.
Lawyers, law students and anyone interested in the workings of the Supreme Court will now be able to watch hearings of cases over the last twelve months at their convenience.
Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court commented:
“Now justice can be seen to be done at a time which suits you,”
“The archive will help people see the background to decisions made in our highest appeal court. It will also be useful to the legal profession and serve as an informative tool for those considering a career in the law.”
How to view
Footage of the proceedings in court will be available via each case’s page on the Supreme Court website, and will be uploaded the next working day. Once judgment has been delivered, footage of the Justices’ summary in court will also be published alongside the full judgment text and press summary.
Footage will remain available for approximately one year after the court hearing. For copyright reasons, users will not be able to download the footage directly to their devices.
Live streaming service
The on-demand archive complements the Court’s live streaming service enabling hearings to be broadcast live from any of its courtrooms, Approximately 15,000 people have used this service each month since it was launched last year in October 2014. The Court also has a YouTube channel however this only shows summaries of judgments.
The new service will be funded by the Supreme Court until March 2016, at which point it will be reviewed.
Written by Ruth Peters of Olliers Solicitors