Cameras in the courtroom. Sometimes

Cameras will be allowed in South Dakota courtrooms.

Sometimes. Maybe.

South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson issued a decision Monday morning that television cameras, still cameras and audio recording equipment will be allowed — if no one involved in the case objects.

But if the judge, the prosecutor or the defense attorney don’t want cameras in the courtroom, they will stay outside. How often will all three agree?

Minnesota has a similar policy and cameras are very rarely allowed inside to see justice administered.

Gilbertson said a judge could allow audio recording of the hearing or trial in some cases. But the judge will also have the authority to ban that as well.

Gilbertson says a circuit judge will still have authority to decide when cameras and recording equipment are allowed in any courtroom.

Juvenile hearings and some other proceedings will remain closed by law.

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