TV on Trial: Should Justice be Televised?

TV on Trial: Should Justice be Televised?

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 13:00
Filmhouse, Lothian Road Edinburgh

Howard League Scotland invites you to join them in the Filmhouse for a screening of Channel 4’s The Murder Trial – the BAFTA award-winning documentary which televised the retrial of a high profile Scottish murder. Does showing court proceedings in this format help illuminate the complexity of crime and punishment – informing the public about some of the rationales that shape sentencing decisions? Or, on the other hand, if the justice system participates with the media does it risk rendering court proceedings a soap opera – a narrative unfolding for public entertainment?

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with:

John Scott QC: Defence lawyer for accused in The Murder Trial, convener of the Howard League Scotland; Solicitor-advocate (criminal only); Member of Council of Justice (London based Human Rights organisation).

Aamer Anwar: One of Scotland’s most prominent human rights and justice campaigners.  He does not believe in the ‘Hollywoodisation’ of our courts.

Tickets for this event are £4 and can be booked online here