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Cameras to cover court action in six counties

Update: 10:03 pm CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- In the next few months, you'll notice something new in courtrooms, cameras.
Update: 10:03 pm
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- In the next few months, you'll notice something new in courtrooms, cameras. The Illinois Supreme Court approved six Central Illinois counties; Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt be allowed to have cameras in courtrooms.

At the end of the year, reporters will be allowed to bring in cameras for high-profile cases. Chief Justice Rita Garman says it will provide more transparency in the state's justice system.

Reporters will have to get clearance fourteen days before a court date. A judge can decide to not let them in, no questions asked.
Original: 6:00 pm
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Now people in Central Illinois will have a front row seat to high-profile court cases from the comfort of their own home. The Illinois Supreme Court made it official.

It won't be an immediate change since several factors will have to be worked out. The Chief Justice wants to have cameras inside by the end of the year.

Cameras will be allowed in six Central Illinois counties; Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt. Only the media will be allowed to bring in recording devices and only for high-profile cases.

One area lawyer says it will be a big change, but he doesn't believe it will hurt court proceedings. Instead, he says it will keep the public informed.

Reporters will have to get clearance fourteen days before a court date and a judge can deny the request without any explanation.
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