Judge, You're on Candid Camera
[This is a digest of the chapter in the book]
Disrespectful treatment by judges of people and lawyers who appear before them will be greatly reduced if the judge knows he/she is being videotaped. The judge will be videotaped in every court hearing a manner that will not disrupt or distract any hearing.
Videotaping a court hearing without disruption or distraction can be accomplished easily by installing video cameras in unobtrusive places accessible only to court personnel. Court administrator's office will not be allowed to release any videotape except as permitted by a law, rule or court order. Videotaping will improve the quality of court hearings.
Everyone who appears before judges will have the right to get a videotape of a hearing involving him or her delivered by the court administrator's office directly to the Judicial Standards Board, the state agency that has the power to discipline judges when they misbehave. They also will have the right to have the judge's conduct reviewed.
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