Media Relations

State Links

Alabama

Alaska

Rule 50 – Media Coverage of Court Proceedings. 2009-2010 Alaska Administrative Rules.

Arizona

Rule 122. Electronic and Photographic Coverage of Public Judicial Proceedings. Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated, Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona.

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Expanded Media Coverage of Court Proceedings. Colorado Judicial Branch (Updated Jul. 8, 2010).

Connecticut

Rules regarding the Electronic Coverage of Criminal Court Proceedings by the Media.

In June 2011, the judges of the Superior Court approved significant changes to the rules regarding the electronic coverage of criminal court proceedings and trials by the media. The changes took effect Jan. 1, 2012.

Use and Possession of Electronic Devices in Superior Court Facilities

Delaware

Florida

Rule 2.450, Technological Coverage of Judicial Proceedings. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration.

Cameras in the Courtroom. The Florida Bar.

Georgia

Rules 75-90. Rules of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Rule 22. Electronic and Photographic News Coverage of Judicial Proceedings . Uniform Rules of the Superior Court.

Rule 26.2. Electronic and Photographic News Coverage of Juvenile Court Proceedings. Uniform Rules of the Juvenile Court.

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois


735 ILCS 5/Art. VII Part 7, Section 8-701, Broadcast or Televised Testimony. Illinois Code of Civil Procedure.

"No witness shall be compelled to testify in any proceeding conducted by a court, commission, administrative agency or other tribunal in this State if any portion of his or her testimony is to be broadcast or televised or if motion pictures are to be taken of him or her while he or she is testifying."

POLICY FOR EXTENDED MEDIA COVERAGE IN THE CIRCUIT COURTS OF ILLINOIS 

Indiana

Canon 2, Rule 2.17. Prohibiting Broadcasting of Proceedings. Indiana Code of Judicial Conduct (2010). This rule covers broadcasting in the trial courts.

Bench and Media Guide to Interaction, Cameras in the Courtroom. Indiana Judicial Center (Last modified Mar. 2010).

"To cover a Supreme Court argument, the media must fax a request to be a candidate for the media pool prior to the argument date. No formal rule exists that requires submission of a request by a specific deadline, but it is recommended that any photographer wishing to cover the hearing contact the Court approximately 48 hours prior to the scheduled time. If there are more requests than positions, the Court will select individuals by random drawing.

The Court of Appeals guidelines allow the judicial panel hearing the case to determine whether cameras or recorders would detract from the process or argument. The media must request permission from the three-judge panel hearing the case to allow equipment in the courtroom. The request must be submitted 48 hours prior to the scheduled time for the appellate argument."

Iowa

Chapter 25. Rules for Expanded Media Coverage.  Iowa Court Rules.

History of Expanded Media Coverage of Iowa Courts. Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Kansas

Kentucky

Reporter's Handbook on Covering the Kentucky Courts. Kentucky Court of Justice (April 2004).

"In state courts, judges have broad discretion to allow cameras and audio recorders. Kentucky allows video and still cameras in the courtroom at the discretion of the judge."

Louisiana

Maine

Administrative Order JB-05-15 (A. 2-09). Cameras and Audio Recording in the Courts. State of Maine Supreme Judicial Court (Effective Feb. 27, 2009).

Maryland

Massachusetts

Rule 1:19. Cameras in the Courts. Rules of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Michigan

Minnesota

Rule 4. Pictures and Voice Recordings. Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.

Procedures for Requesting Cameras in Minnesota Courts. Minnesota Judicial Branch.

Effective July 1, 2011, the Minnesota Supreme Court established a two-year pilot program allowing cameras in the courtroom for civil cases if authorized by the district court judge, but without requiring the consent of the parties. The pilot excludes criminal cases and certain categories of civil cases.

Mississippi

Missouri

Court Operating Rule 16. Cameras in the Courtroom. Missouri Judicial Branch (Rev. Feb. 2010).

Montana

The Montana Canons of Judicial Ethics. Canon 35. IMPROPER PUBLICIZING OF COURT PROCEEDINGS

Nebraska

Cameras in Nebraska Courts: Expanded Media Coverage in Nebraska Trial Courts

Nevada

Rules on Camera Coverage and Electronic Media Coverage in the Courts. Supreme Court Rules (Amendments through Jan. 2010)

New Hampshire

New Jersey

Supreme Court Guidelines for Still and Television Camera and Audio Coverage of Proceedings in the Courts of New Jersey. New Jersey Supreme Court (Approved Oct. 2003).

Canon 3A(9). Code of Judicial Conduct.

"(9) A judge should permit broadcasting, televising, recording, or taking photographs in the courtroom and areas immediately adjacent thereto during sessions of court or recesses between sessions only in accordance with the guidelines promulgated by the Supreme Court and subject to the restrictions contained therein.

Commentary: Temperate conduct of judicial proceedings is essential to the fair administration of justice. The broadcasting, televising or photographing of a proceeding may tend to distort or dramatize the proceeding."

 Supreme Court Guidelines on Electronic Devices in the Courtroom. New Jersey Courts.

New Mexico

Reference Guide on Media Issues. New Mexico Supreme Court Rules.

New York

22 NYCRR 29.1-29.4. Electronic Recording and Audio-Visual Coverage in Court Facilities and of Court Proceedings. New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations.

North Carolina

Rule 15. Electronic Media and Still Photography Coverage of Public Judicial Proceedings. General Rules of Practice for the Superior and District Courts of North Carolina.

North Dakota

Rule 21. Electronic and Photographic Media Coverage of Judicial Proceedings. North Dakota Supreme Court Administrative Rules.

Ohio

Rule 11. Recording of Proceedings. Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio.

Rule 12. Conditions for Broadcasting and Photographing Court Proceedings. Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio.

Oklahoma

Canon 3(B)9, 10. Oklahoma Code of Judicial Conduct.

Oregon

Rule 8.35. Media Coverage of Appellate Court Proceedings. Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure (Amended January 1, 2011).

Rule 3.180. Media or Other Public Access Coverage of Court Events. Uniform Trial Court Rules (August 1, 2010).

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

The South Dakota Supreme Court Rules 10-8 (appellate courts) and 10-9 (trial courts) effectively adopted the recommendations of the Study of Cameras in the Courtroom Committee effective July 1, 2011. Extended coverage of trial court proceedings is permitted with the consent of the judge and all parties at least one week prior to the commencement of trial. Audio only coverage can be authorized when the trial judge determines that such audio coverage is appropriate but all the parties have not consented to audio/video coverage. Members of the jury may not be photographed and proceedings outside the presence of the jury are not to be recorded. The court has discretion over the type and quantity of equipment to be used.

Canon 3B(13). South Dakota Code of Judicial Conduct.

Tennessee

Texas

Rule 18c. Recording and Broadcasting of Court Proceedings. Texas Rules of Civil Procedure (effective Sept. 1, 2010).

Rule 14. Recording and Broadcasting Court Proceedings. Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure (effective Sept. 1, 2008).

Cameras in the Courtroom: Limited Access Only. Texas State Bar. 

Utah

Rule 4-401. Media in the Courtroom. Judicial Council Rules of Judicial Administration.

Vermont

Rule 35. Recording Court Proceedings. Vermont Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Rule 79.2. Recording Court Proceedings. Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure.

Rule 79.3. Use of Video Recording Equipment in Trial Court Proceedings. Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure.

Rule 53. Recording Court Proceedings. Vermont Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Rule 53.1 Use of Video Recording Equipment in Trial Court Proceedings. Vermont Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Virginia

§ 19.2-266. Exclusion of persons from trial; photographs and broadcasting permitted under designated guidelines; exceptions. Virginia Code Annotated.

2013 Guidelines: Cameras in the Courtroom. The Virginia Press Association and The Virginia Association of Broadcasters (2010).

Washington

West Virginia

Rule 8. Cameras, Audio Equipment, and Media in the Courtroom. West Virginia Trial Court Rules.

In Re: Rules Governing Media Coverage of Courtroom Proceedings in the Supreme Court of Appeals. West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (2002).

Canon 3B(12). West Virginia Code of Judicial Conduct.

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Rule 804. Media Access. Uniform Rules of the District Courts of the State of Wyoming.

States that provisions set forth by W.R.Cr.P. Rule 53 are available in civil cases governed by W.R.C.P.

Use of Cameras and Wireless Communication during Proceedings.