A leading Scottish barrister has said televising ongoing criminal trials is not in the interests of justice.  

Gordon Jackson QC was speaking at the annual conference of the Bar Council of Ireland in Kilkenny.

The conference is debating issues involving the media and the law.

Filming has already been allowed at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in England and Wales, while in Scotland, broadcasters have been able to apply since 1992 to televise court proceedings.

Mr Jackson told the conference that he believed televising trials as they happened would adversely affect the trial process and would not be in the interests of justice.

He said broadcasters would always want to broadcast celebrity trials and televising them would turn the legal process into a rather unpleasant form of reality show.   

He said it would also affect how lawyers behaved in court.

Mr Jackson said the onus was on those who wanted cameras in court to show how it would be a good idea.  

He also said "googling" of cases by jurors was also a major problem and had caused cases in Scotland to collapse.

Legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg told the conference about the uneasy tension between the courts and the media but said the UK courts were very sensitive to the need to operate in public and have public support.

Bar Council Chairman David Barniville SC said he was personally very wary about televising court proceedings.