Until a couple of years ago, cameras and audio devices were not allowed in the courtrooms. Nowadays more and more courtrooms allow them under strict conditions. Dutch courtrooms and judges have been allowing these since January 2013. Before then it was standard that no cameras and audio devices were not allowed. Now the judges need to explain why they don’t want them in the courtroom. I do not know how this exactly goes in another countries though.
Courtroom sketch by courtroom artist Burt Krieger, drawn in only 8 minutes as stated in Wikipedia.
The trigger to write this post was me wondering why were no cameras allowed in the courtroom. Originally this was to prevent the privacy of the defendants/accused and to avoid distractions. In some high-profile cases no camera is allowed. Two weeks ago, last trial of Boston marathon bomber took place. Courtroom artist Arthur Lien drew some scenes during the verdict.
No camera is allowed as well in the courtroom when celebrities are involved. Look at these sketches from celebrity cases.
Courtroom drawings or sketches capture the emotion and dynamic in the courtroom. Like any other art form, it has different styles. Some are realist with stunning details. Others depict the impressions roughly. The drawings and sketches are in water colours, chalk, pen and various other medium. One thing all these have in common they are made fastly.
These are my favourites:
This is from Dutch courtroom artist Aloys Oosterwijk. It is a shocking case of pedophile extensive network with the accused Robert M. in the middle wearing striped hooded sweater, drawn in Amsterdam, 12 March 2012. Oosterwijk uses water-colour in sepia tones.
The aforementioned Arthur Lien. Check out his gallery.
Picture is courtesy of courtroom artist Marilyn Church.
Lindsay Lohan wearing Christian Louboutin stilettos, escorted out of the courtroom during many of her misdemeanours cases. It is a drawing by courtroom artist Mona Shafer Edwards
You might think due to the smartphones with camera and other developments in imaging that this profession would soon to extinct, on the contrary. According to Dutch supreme courts, there are more and more demands for courtroom artists.
People can purchase courtroom drawings and sketches nowadays.
This intriguing art form is beautiful and one of a kind because every drawing, every sketch has a real story and it involves real people in it. And there is no reproduction of it.
What do you think of courtroom drawings or sketches? Do you like them?