After recordings of the remote audio of Britney Spears’ 24-minute dazzling statement at her June 23 Trusteeship hearing began circulating widely on the web, Los Angeles County courts ruled to end completely to their remote audio assistance program. Despite warnings on the audio broadcast webpage, which was only open to relevant parties and the media, and from Judge Brenda Penny, the tapes were readily available just minutes after her statement was released; Penny cut the audio remotely shortly after Spears made his statement.
No recording of court hearings is permitted without the prior written permission of the judge, in accordance with state and local policies. The 2019 California Rules of Court reads: “Any violation of this rule or of an order made under this rule constitutes unlawful interference with the proceedings of the court and may result in an order placing termination of media coverage, or an order imposing monetary or other penalties in accordance with the law.
Asked for comment, LA County Superior Court communications director Ann E. Donlan told The Hollywood Reporter: “Parties who post unauthorized recordings of court proceedings in violation of a court order are liable to penalties and other potential liabilities under section of the California Civil Procedure Code. 1209 and other applicable laws.
The day after the hearing, the court announced that the program, launched last year in response to the pandemic, would be closed on Monday of this week.
“As of June 28, the Court will no longer offer the Remote Audio Assistance Program (RAAP) to remotely listen to the hearings of the courtroom”, we can read. “The Court implemented this temporary program during the pandemic, recognizing that there may be abuse of court orders prohibiting the recording, filming and distribution of proceedings. Widespread violations by the public in recent court proceedings have highlighted the need to return in person to open courtroom proceedings, which is a welcome development. “
On Thursday Bessemer Trust, a professional wealth management firm that was set to take over as co-custodian of Britney Spears’ estate and work with her father, asked to resign from the arrangement. The company, which manages more than $ 100 billion in assets, said it was asking for its withdrawal “due to changed circumstances.” In the file, the firm said it was told the singer’s guardianship was voluntary and with her consent, but in its dazzling 24-minute statement against guardianship in court last week, made it clear that ‘ she opposed it, or at least her father, Jamie Spears continuing as her curator.
She has said on several occasions that she wanted him removed from his position as curator; her most recent request, prior to last week’s statement, was turned down by Judge Brenda Penny on Wednesday.