Home » General Info » Local Rules of Court » Local General Court & Administration Rules of Court » General Rule 2
GENERAL RULE 2: USE OF RECORDING DEVICES IN COURTHOUSE FACILITIES
This Rule 2A applies to "Media" as defined by California Rules of Court, Rule 1.150 (b)(2).
(1) MEDIA REQUEST FOR COVERAGE
The media may request an order permitting media coverage using only the approved Judicial Council of California forms MC-500, Media Request to Photograph, Record, or Broadcast , and form MC-510, Order on Media Request to Permit Coverage . Forms are available on the Court's website.
The forms shall be filed electronically with the Court's Public Information Officer, or another Court employee designated by the Court Executive Ofrficer, at least five court days before the portion of the proceeding to be covered unless good cause is shown. An electronic signature on the MC-500 by a member of the media is acceptable. A signed file-stamped order will be returned electronically to the requester.
Requests for media covered are governed by California Rule of Court (CRC) 1.150(e) .
(2) FILMING JURORS
Photographing and filming any juror or summoned prospective juror is prohibited.
(3) MEDIA IN OTHER AREAS OF COURTHOUSE
Unless approved by written order of the Presiding Judge or the Supervising Judge of that courthouse, filming, videotaping, photographing and electronic recording of any kind is not permitted in any other part of the courthouse, including but not limited to, entrances, exits, halls, stairways, escalators and elevators. Application for permission for media coverage in these areas of the courthouse shall be directed to the Court's Public Information Officer, or another Court employee designated by the Court Executive Officer, who shall be responsible for coordinating approval or denial by the Presiding Judge or the Supervising Judge of that courthouse. The Court's Public Information Officer, or another Court employee designated by the Court Executive Officer, shall serve as the onsite manager for medial relations and shall use professional judgment in determining appropriateness and permissibility of approved onsite media activities.
Cameras and recording devices shall be turned off while being transported in any area of the court unless expressly permitted by court order. Filming, video taping and photographing of the interior of any courtroom through the glass door windows or through the double doors, or otherwise is prohibited. No recording devices shall be permitted in any courtroom unless the judge hearing a matter within the courtroom has expressly authorized such use in a written order pursuant to CRC 1.150 and this Local Rule 2A.
This Rule 2B applies to all individuals, other than “Media” as defined by California Rules of Court, Rule 1.150(b)(2).
(1) COURTHOUSE FACILITIES
Any and all “photographing” and/or “recording” and/or “broadcasting” as defined by California Rules of Court, Rule 1.150(b) of people, things, conversations, or proceedings is strictly prohibited in any courthouse facility, including but not limited to stairways, elevators, waiting areas, hallways, entrances, security screening stations, service areas, through windows, through doors, and with respect to any other accessible areas of courthouse facilities, whether access was intended or not, absent written order of the Supervising Judge of the specific courthouse facility. Any device that appears capable of photographing, recording, or broadcasting is subject to confiscation.
(2) COURT PROCEEDINGS
Court proceedings may not be photographed, recorded, or broadcast, as defined by California Rules of Court, Rule 1.150(b), without express permission of the Court. Use of a recording device of any type is not permitted in any courtroom unless the judge hearing a matter within the courtroom has expressly authorized the use of such device in a written order, or oral order on the record made during the hearing at issue. Except upon approval by the judicial officer hearing the matter, all cell phones and other personal communication devices shall be turned off before entering the courtroom and stored out of sight. Any cell phone or personal communication device or device that appears capable of photographing, recording, or broadcasting which is visually observed in the courtroom is subject to confiscation.
Any violation of this Local Rule or an order made under this Local Rule, or of California Rule of Court, Rule 1.150, is an unlawful interference with the court proceedings and may be the basis for an order terminating media coverage, a citation for contempt of court, or an order imposing monetary or other sanctions as provided by law.