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Protocol for Broadcasting, Televising, Recording or Photographing Appellate Court Oral Arguments

Implementation Of Amended Practice Book Sec. 70-9
Adopted November 19, 2008

All camera and electronic coverage of arguments before the Appellate Court shall be subject to the requirements of Practice Book Sec. 70-9 and the following guidelines:

 

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1. One television production unit consisting of either (1) one production crew using multiple, tripod or wall-mounted, remotely-controlled cameras, or (2) one camera operator using one portable tripod mounted television camera shall be permitted in the courtroom. One still camera photographer carrying not more than two still inaudible cameras with lenses shall be permitted in the courtroom. One audio system for televising, broadcasting and recording shall be permitted in the courtroom. Use of equipment that could compromise the confidentiality of Court communications shall not be permitted.

2. All personnel and equipment shall be situated in an unobtrusive manner within the courtroom. The location of any such personnel or equipment (including cameras, cables and any other devices), whether for purposes of fixed installation or temporary placement, shall be determined by the appellate jurists. The location of the cameras, to the extent possible, shall provide access to optimum coverage. Cameras and operators shall remain in their appointed positions within the courtroom while the Court is in session. Cameras may pan, tilt, or zoom in on jurists and/or attorneys from their fixed positions. Media personnel shall comply with Court instructions as to when cameras may be in a recording mode. The presiding judge for each argument shall have ready access to a device that will terminate recording of those proceedings for which broadcasting, televising, recording, or photographing is not permitted pursuant to Rule 70-9 (c).

3. Media outlets may, at their discretion, add on-screen graphics identifying information for the purpose of making proceedings more understandable to television viewers, including but not limited to venue name and location, docket names and numbers of proceedings, and names of jurists, attorneys and other parties.

4. In the event of multiple requests to videotape, broadcast, televise, record or photograph the same argument, the persons making such requests must make pooling arrangements among themselves.

5. All audio and video equipment shall be set up prior to the opening of Court on a given day and shall not be dismantled or removed until the Court adjourns for the day.

6. Photographers and equipment operators must conduct themselves in the courtroom quietly and discreetly, with due regard and respect for the dignity of the courtroom proceedings and the participants. In the event that equipment operators are provided with operating space for equipment and production purposes in a location in the Court building other than the courtroom, equipment operators will confine themselves to that space, along with prescribed ingress and egress. The identity and affiliation of each member of a production crew along with details of the proposed arrival and departure of the production crew will be announced to the judicial marshal designated by the jurists to be in charge of monitoring the activities of media personnel on the Court premises prior to their entry onto the premises.

7. Upon request, copies of the videotapes, audio recordings or photographs produced for distribution will be provided to the Court for purposes of determining compliance with all applicable requirements.

8. Any request for special permission to cover any argument in a manner that deviates from the Practice Book rules or these guidelines, including special permission regarding lighting, shall be submitted to the Court in accordance with the provisions of Practice Book 70-9 (c) (ii).

These rules shall be regularly reviewed for suitability and compliance from time to time at the request of either the appellate jurists or the media personnel.

 

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