WBUR's OpenCourt Relaunches Video Archives

WBUR’s OpenCourt relaunched public access to video archives of its court live streams Monday. The archives were restricted to the court proceedings of May 2 after concerns were raised by the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office.

The day after the May 2 launch of OpenCourt, Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey filed a motion with Judge Mark Coven asking that OpenCourt be prevented from providing public access to the archived recordings of daily court sessions. In response, OpenCourt voluntarily closed public access to the video archives.

In the last five weeks OpenCourt conducted advisory board meetings and two “access to archive” subcommittee meetings on this issue in order to reach a decision on how to handle their archives.

Archive video will now be available after two business days to address concerns over privacy. Users will have to register to view the archives and involved parties will continue to be able to request redaction even after a day’s recording is made public.

To sign up and start perusing the archive visit

This program aired on June 20, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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