Courts: Cameras

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 15th July 2022.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether restrictions on the use of cameras in court rooms prevents the wearing of body-worn cameras being worn by staff escorting suspects into court.

Photo of Sarah Dines Sarah Dines Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

Currently Prisoner Escort and Custody Services staff are not permitted to wear or use Body Worn Cameras (BWVC) in court buildings due to existing legislation (s.41 Criminal Justice Act 1925 and s.9 Contempt of Court Act 1981) that prohibits cameras and recording equipment in court buildings, including BWVC.

The Ministry of Justice is committed to progressing work to review and potentially take forward the legislative change to permit the use of BWVC in court buildings as soon as practicable.

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