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Public input sought 
on courtroom cameras

Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Those who want to weigh in on how cameras should be used in local courtrooms will have their chance Wednesday.

A committee studying the issue is seeking opinions from the public and media in a meeting starting at 2 p.m. in the third-floor grand jury room of the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, in St. Charles Township.

The 16th Judicial Circuit Courtroom Media Committee will help craft a policy for the circuit, which includes DeKalb, Kane and Kendall counties. In December, DeKalb and Kendall counties will leave the circuit and form the 23rd Judicial Circuit.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced in January that it had approved a pilot program to allow cameras and electronic news recording devices in trial courtrooms.

The justices left it up to each of the state’s circuits to determine whether to apply to the state supreme court for permission.

Questions and comments will be heard; cameras will not be allowed.

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