Ohio Federal Judges to Test Video Cameras in Court

Jul 25, 2011

Video cameras will be used in some U.S. district courts in Ohio in a national test to determine whether changes should be made to the long-standing ban on cameras in federal courts.

Three judges in the Southern District and four in the Northern District are participating. They're among more than 100 judges from 14 courts nationwide volunteering for the three-year digital video experiment.

Federal judiciary officials say most participating judges are still working out technical details of the program that officially started last week. Court officials in Ohio don't know yet when they'll begin their recordings.

The court-operated cameras are limited to civil cases. All parties must consent to recordings of each proceeding in a case.