- Public live streaming of court proceedings marks a major milestone for WA's justice system
- Technology brings the courtroom experience to members of the community via the internet
- McGowan Labor Government delivers another election commitment
The McGowan Labor Government has delivered its election commitment to enable the live streaming of selected court proceedings.
Attorney General John Quigley said for the first time in the State's history, the West Australian community has been given access to proceedings in the Supreme Court with the streaming of the civil trial arising from the 2014 bushfires at Mt Helena, Parkerville and Stoneville.
Courts in the David Malcolm Justice Centre and most courts at the Stirling Gardens complex have the capacity to webstream.
The webstreaming facilities mean the court can stream a hearing live to the internet or record a hearing and make it available to the public for download. The public can access live streams and recorded video from the Supreme Court website.
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"I am pleased that the public streaming of selected court proceedings has become a reality under the McGowan Labor Government.
"It means members of the West Australian community now have the opportunity to see our courts in action firsthand.
"This is an important step in facilitating access to our courts to all members of the community, particularly those residing outside of the Perth metropolitan area who might otherwise not be able to attend court to view a trial.
"Broadcasting proceedings will hopefully debunk many of the myths that surround the operation of our courts.
"Further, it will encourage and promote more respect for our judicial system, and provide a better understanding of how our courts work.
"This was an important project championed by the Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC, former Chief Justice, and I am pleased that after more than a decade of his hard work and perseverance, it has finally come to fruition."
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