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Standards Governing Electronic Media and Still Photography

Supreme Court of Indiana

December 30, 2019

Standards Governing Electronic Media and Still Photography at Oral Arguments in the Court of Appeals of Indiana

          ORDER

          Loretta H. Rush Chief Justice.

         In accordance with the Court's longstanding commitment to making appellate oral arguments easily viewed by the public and accessible to the press, the Court directs that, notwithstanding the prohibitions contained in Rule 2.17 of the Code of Judicial Conduct, cameras and other electronic devices may continue to be used, in accordance with this order, for press coverage of oral arguments held before the Court of Appeals of Indiana.

         1. Location

         Cameras and microphones may be used in any location, whenever the three-judge panel hearing the case determines that the courtroom can accommodate the use of such devices without any negative effect on the proceedings.

         2. Request

         (a) News organizations must request the court's permission to record or photograph an oral argument. The request must be e-mailed to the Court Administrator, Larry L. Morris, at Larry.Morris@courts.IN.gov at least 48 hours before the scheduled start of the oral argument. The request must specify the news organization and type (e.g., TV, radio) and provide a contact name, telephone number, and e-mail address.

         (b) Alternatively, the panel hearing the request may, on its own initiative, approve the use of cameras and microphones during oral argument.

         3. Procedure If permission is granted, the following rules shall apply:

         (a) Recording when the oral argument is held outside of the Statehouse

         (1) Not more than two television news cameras and two still cameras shall be permitted. Camera operators shall not move about the courtroom nor shall operators change lenses during proceedings.

         (2) Only one audio system for radio news shall be permitted. Audio pickup for all media purposes shall be accomplished from existing audio systems present unless no technically suitable system exists. In such cases, microphones and related wiring essential for media use shall be unobtrusive and shall be placed as designated by the court.

         (3) If pooled broadcast coverage is necessary to accommodate (a)(1) above, authorized TV crews must be present in the courtroom at least 30 minutes before the start of each day's oral argument. Print and radio journalists who require minimal setup must be present 30 minutes beforehand to be part of the pool. Journalists will decide among themselves which organization or organizations will represent the pool inside the courtroom. All pool representatives must be able to share materials with those who are present but not part of the in-court pool.

         (4) The Court will not mediate any pool-related disputes among news organizations. If the organizations themselves cannot resolve any such disputes, the court will prohibit all recorded coverage of the proceeding.

         (b) Recording when the oral argument is held in the Indiana ...


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