Cameras in the Courtroom: Cameras record federal court hearing in Chicago for first time

August 29, 2012 2:20:22 PM PDT
For the first time, cameras have been allowed to record a federal court hearing in Chicago.

It was not a hot case. It was a civil matter involving patent infringement of a toilet flushing system.

The video feed is available to watch on the court's Northern District of Illinois website.

Only civil trials will be recorded -- not criminal cases -- and only if all the parties in the case agree that it's OK.

It took more than a year to find participants who were willing to be involved.

Cook County's chief judge says he hopes to have cameras in the county's courtrooms by the end of the year.