The public will have the opportunity to watch court proceedings in the Georgia election interference case involving former President Donald Trump on television and online, according to Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee.
Cameras will be permitted in the courtroom, and the proceedings will be livestreamed on the court’s YouTube channel. This decision allows for transparency and public access to the legal process in the case. Cameras are permitted in Georgia court proceedings with a judge’s approval.
The Sept. 6 arraignment of defendants in the Georgia case, for example, will be televised.
Trump has entered a plea of not guilty in the Georgia criminal case to charges of racketeering and conspiracy related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election, thus he will not appear in person for an arraignment. While a trial date has not been scheduled yet, Trump and his legal team have contested the proposed trial dates put forth by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
Willis had called for the trial to begin in late October. Only Kenneth Chesebro, one of the 18 co-defendants, has a trial set for Oct. 23.
On Thursday, Trump’s attorneys filed a motion to sever his case from those of his co-defendants who have demanded a speedy trial.
There are also upcoming trials in New York and Florida related to Trump’s legal matters, but none of those court proceedings are expected to be televised.
This move to televise and livestream court proceedings aligns with the principle of open access to the judicial process, ensuring that the public can observe the proceedings and gain insight into the legal matters at hand.