Media and Criminal Justice Studies Network

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016, July 2016 – March 2017

GW4 community leads
University of Bath:
Dr Sarah Moore
University of Bristol: Dr Alex Clayton, Dr Eleanor Rycroft
Cardiff University: Dr Inaki Garcia-Blanco
University of Exeter:
Dr Sarah Cooper

Project overview

Cameras are gradually being allowed into courtrooms in England and Wales. This legislative change marks a historic shift in the meaning of public involvement in the courtroom, and the relationship between the judiciary and the media.

Our research community brings together academics from the social sciences, arts, and humanities to understand the production, distribution, and reception of as-live courtroom footage. From this we aim to identify how courtroom broadcasting might influence public confidence, trust, and knowledge about criminal justice.

Our aims are:

  • To consolidate and grow our research community through a set of research meetings and a full-day workshop
  • To develop a programme of research
  • To disseminate our research to a non-academic audience by holding a public engagement event
  • To prepare at least one grant proposal

Read the blog plost on ‘Cameras in the Courtroom’ Symposium.