UK Supreme Court launches on-demand video catch-up

The Supreme Court in Parliament Square, London
Image caption Footage will be available on the Supreme Court website

Proceedings in the UK's Supreme Court can now be viewed at any time with the launch of an on-demand video archive.

Footage of hearings in the UK's highest court will be uploaded to its website on the next working day and be available to view for a year.

Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger said the service would allow people to see the background to decisions made in the court.

"Now justice can be seen to be done at a time which suits you," he said.

'Court catch-up'

Once judgement is delivered in a case, the footage of the Justices' summary in court will be published alongside the full judgement text and press summary.

Lord Neuberger said it would also be an "informative tool" for those considering a law career.

BBC legal correspondent Clive Coleman called the service a "legal iPlayer" and said it had been dubbed "court catch-up".

He said the court already had a YouTube channel but it had shown only summaries of its judgements so far.

The new service offers the constitution in "living, breathing action", he said, allowing people to hear important points debated by the finest legal experts in the country.

Among the footage that will be revealed by the new service is film of barristers debating whether letters by Prince Charles to government ministers could be published.

The court ruled in March that they could be made public.

The on-demand archive will be funded by the Supreme Court until March 2016, when it will be reviewed.

The court also has an existing live streaming service, which has been used by about 15,000 people each month since its launch in October 2014.

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