Television Courtroom Broadcasting and Eye Tracking: An Irish Solution to the U.S. Supreme Court Research Challenge?

Paul Lambert
Television courtroom broadcasting is an important and topical issue. Debate frequently centers on the possible effects, positive and negative. This layer of television courtroom broadcasting analysis has also troubled the U.S. Supreme Court in three camera cases, where it called for more empirical research. One of these areas of research relates to distraction effects (i.e. are courtroom participants distracted by cameras in the courtroom?). Research undertaken in Ireland in a successful demonstration of eye tracking technology in an Irish courtroom paves the way for answering one of the specific research challenges set by the U.S. Supreme Court. This is the challenge of whether or not the participants in the courtroom are distracted by the television cameras in the courtroom. These issues are discussed in this article.

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