Filming a real murder accused’s conviction

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A brief post this one about a British Channel 4 production that recorded a 6 week murder trial and its outcome:

“The dramatic moment in which a man is convicted of arranging the murder of his wife and then disposing of her body will be broadcast on television next week.

A documentary crew working for Channel 4 followed the six-week retrial of Nat Fraser at the High Court in Edinburgh in 2012. Using six remotely controlled miniature cameras positioned around the courtroom, film-makers were able to achieve extraordinary close-ups of the defendant, judge, advocates and witnesses as the evidence in one of Scotland’s most notorious and baffling cases was played out.”

What does NZ think about this? Is this a step too far? Who gets final say on what is shown to the viewing public? Does this really provide the education that the public needs? Is it ever possible to convey how slow court proceedings appear compared with TV, which is one comment I commonly hear from people who have served on juries? Would such filing access have assisted in high-profile, controversial cases to make them less controversial?

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Dr Anna Sandiford

The Forensic Group was established in 2008 by Dr Anna Sandiford, a Senior Forensic Science Consultant with many years’ experience in New Zealand and overseas who started her forensic science career in 1998.