By Chris Daly
Praise for the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts for recognizing the right of the people to know what goes on in their courts.
In a recent ruling, the state’s highest court ruled in favor of the OpenCourt initiative, which seeks to post court proceedings online.
From my experience in covering trials, arraignments and other court proceedings in several states, I would say that far too many judges, clerks, guards and others consider the judiciary branch their own territory and resent the intrusions of the mere public (not to mention journalists) in what they consider “their” courthouses.
And a hat-tip to WBUR, a Boston NPR affiliate, for pushing this project. (And thanks to the Knight News Challenge, too.)