On this date in 1984, the California Rule of Court permitting the use of cameras in trial and appellate courtrooms took effect.
The original Commission on the Future of the California Courts said in 1993 that "press and public access to court proceedings should be virtually unrestricted." It envisioned that by the year 2020, technology would make "justice more efficient, more accessible, more understanding and high quality."
This California Bar Journal article from February 1996 outlines how, 20 years ago, the presence of cameras in California courtrooms was then a matter of debate and controversy.
This 2012 article from Pew Stateline describes progress nationwide on allowing cameras in courtrooms.