In Lutsk, judges continue forbidding journalists to conduct recording of court sessions
On April 20, the judge of Lutsk city district court Oleh Yushchuk forbade the journalists to conduct video recording of the court session. This fact was reported to a local IMI representative by the “Hromadske.Volyn” journalist Mariya Domanska. The case that was considered at the session was the case of the former vice-head of the Economy Protection Department (police department) in Rivnenska oblast, Oleksander Voloshyn, who is accused of hooliganism. The judge argued that the accused’s life is in danger because of video recording. However, according to IMI’s media lawyer Maksym Ratushnyi, during consideration of civil lawsuits, according to the norms of part 3, article 11 of the Law of Ukraine "On judiciary and status of judges", no permission of the judge is required for video and audio recording of court sessions using portable devices.
Lately, judges have been banning video and even audio recording in the cases related to former high police officials, who were fired after failing their re-certification and now often sue for restoration on their positions.