TV cameras to be allowed in Gold Coast courts

Media outlets on the Gold Coast can now apply to film and record specific parts of court cases.

Cameras will be able to record the announcement of a judgement and a judge’s sentencing remarks – but only if given the tick of approval by the judge overseeing the case. Restrictions will also be placed on how the vision and audio can be used by the media.

It comes after a report by a committee of judged earlier this year recommended such a system be developed.


Senior lecturer in criminal law at Queensland University of Technology Nigel Stobbs said other states had been doing it for years.

“We already have in Queensland [the judge’s] sentencing remarks published in printed form on the Queensland Courts website, but there’s nothing like a video recording to feel like you’re present,” Dr Stobbs said.

He said it may give the public a better perspective of the court process.