CHICAGO (AP) -- The Illinois Supreme Court has announced a new policy allowing cameras in trial courts on an experimental and limited basis.
Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride announced the policy Tuesday.
Kilbride says the decision is a step toward bringing more transparency to Illinois courts.
Illinois has been just one of 14 states that don't allow cameras during criminal trials. Illinois has allowed cameras to be present during Supreme Court and Appellate Court hearings since 1983. At the time of that decision, the court continued the ban during trials because of fair trial concerns.
Kilbride says the experimental phase will help determine if media access and fair trials can co-exist.
Broadcasters have long advocated for the use of cameras and tape recorders during criminal trials, pointing to the public's right to know.