MOSCOW, December 11 - RAPSI. Journalists can publish live online transcripts of a trial without seeking prior permission, according to the Supreme Court's draft ruling "On the Transparency and Publicity of Legal Proceedings," which was discussed on Tuesday.
According to the ruling, neither the Civil Procedural Code, nor the Criminal Procedural, nor the Administrative Codes obligate individuals present at open trials and recording its progress in writing or on special audio devices to notify the court of this and obtain permission for these actions.
Sketches of trials should not be prohibited either, although photos, video recordings and filming, as well radio and TV broadcasts must be agreed upon with the court in advance.
This also applies to video broadcasts of trials online, the Supreme Court believes.
At the same time, the document reads that visitors with sound-recording, cinematographic, photo and video equipment should not be prohibited from freely entering the court; access should be limited only to the hall where the trial is being held.
Furthermore, the objection of a party to the trial cannot serve a basis to ban taking photos or videos, or the broadcast of an open hearing, the document reads.
The final version of the draft ruling is expected to be approved on December 13.