Standards Governing Electronic Media and Still Photography at Oral Arguments in the Court of Appeals of Indiana
Loretta H. Rush Chief Justice.
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.
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.
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.
Alternatively, the panel hearing the request may, on its own
initiative, approve the use of cameras and microphones during
Procedure If permission is granted, the
following rules shall apply:
Recording when the oral argument is held outside of the
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
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.
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
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.
Recording when the oral argument is held in the Indiana