Electronics and Cameras in the Courtroom

Please turn off mobile phones before entering the courtroom.  Attorneys may use laptops or tablets for trials and other hearings, but the court does not allow the use of ANY electronic devices in the public galleries without the express permission of the presiding judge.  Wireless access is available to attorneys at no charge.  Please contact the clerk's office, or the courtroom deputy, for more information.

Pursuant to policy established by the Judicial Conference of the United States Courts, the following is the current policy for cameras in trial courts:

A judge may authorize broadcasting, televising, recording, or taking photographs in the courtroom and in adjacent areas during investitive, naturalization, or other ceremonial proceedings. A judge may authorize such activities in the courtroom or adjacent areas during other proceedings, or recesses between such other proceedings, only:

1) for the presentation of evidence;
2) for the perpetuation of the record of the proceedings; 
3) for security purposes; 
4) for other purposes of judicial administration;  
5) for the photographing, recording, or broadcasting of appellate arguments; or 
6) in accordance with pilot programs approved by the Judicial Conference.

When broadcasting, televising, recording, or photographing in the courtroom or adjacent areas is permitted, a judge should ensure that it is done in a manner that will:

1) be consistent with the rights of the parties, 
2) not unduly distract participants in the proceeding, and
3) not otherwise interfere with the administration of justice.