Ruling says S.I. Courthouse cameras may adversely impact lawyer-client talks

The Legal Aid Society claimed victory Monday in an appellate court’s ruling ordering a federal judge to consider the potential “chilling effect” the use of surveillance cameras in attorney-client interview rooms.

News Story (New York)

Frank Donnelly
Staten Island Advance
December 3, 2018

Tags: Access to Justice, Courts

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)


The appellate court instructed the judge to rehear the case and weigh the impact the cameras could have on a defendant’s right to counsel.

“The district court did not appropriately consider the chilling effect that the cameras’ presence in the attorney-client booths could have on pre-arraignment detainees’ willingness to communicate candidly with their attorneys,” the appellate court opined.