High court’s high-tech move much appreciated
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 13, 2001
Tuesday, February 13, 2001
The Natchez Democrat
It’s not often we applaud the Mississippi Supreme Court before
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they take action on an issue. But this week is an exception.
The state’s high court is about to go high-tech.
The court is poised to begin posting oral arguments on the
Internet before the summer arrives. The move will make the court
the first in the nation to do so. Pretty impressive stuff.
And we think it’s a great move.
For some time now, the Supreme Court has published its decisions
on its Web site, but the new move will offer more access to the
public and, we hope, it will offer voters a better understanding
of the court system.
Though rarely as dramatic as Hollywood filmmakers would have
us believe, the functions of highest judicial branch are vital
for our state government to flow smoothly.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Ed Pittman deserves credit for
helping make the new changes a reality.
We hope that the Supreme Court’s latest move will be one step
toward changing those laws too. Currently all cameras are forbidden
from state trial and appellate courts.
Allowing cameras in the courts would provide increased accountability
on the part of the attorneys and the judges.
The recent election debacle in Florida may have given some
folks a new take on the old cameras in the court argument. For
years the court system has been shrouded in secret for many people
who are unable to leave their homes and jobs to actually sit in
Forward thinking judges such as Pittman are making sure that
the public isn’t cheated out of knowing firsthand what’s going
on inside the courtroom.