Public Galleries Needed for Evidence Of Fair Trials

There are so many issues with the current state of pandemic.  Not least the difficulty of ensuring justice is seen to be done.  It would be very easy to use the requests and instructions from government for everyone to self isolate and not to mingle or travel at all unless absolutely essential.  The practicalities are a bit slim when it comes to not allowing anyone in the public gallery of a court – that is one of our funadmental rights here, to beable to watch cases as they proceed.  Very few cases are held in camera – entirely privately and behind closed doors.  The need for the public to be able to see how fundamentally fair our judicial system is must rate as a top reason for maintaining public galleries.  Everyone can see that the judiciary try not to show favour in any shape or form towards either party.  The jury is absolutely critical to the provision of fair and open decision making, even though at times one feels a bit baffled at the ‘wrong’ decision coming out of the mouths of the jury chairperson at times!  We do thins in a very dignified way in the UK, slsightly differently in Scotland of course, but essentially we maintain for the most part that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty without any shadow of doubt.