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Implementation of Amended Practice Book §70-9 Protocol Effective June 5, 2007.

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

  1. One television production unit consisting of either: (1) one production crew utilizing multiple, tripod or wall-mounted, Supreme Court Signremotely-controlled cameras; or (2) one camera operator utilizing 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.
  2. All personnel and equipment shall be situated in an unobtrusive manner within the courtroom. The location of any such equipment and personnel shall be determined by the appellate jurists. The location of the camera, 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.
  3. Media outlets may, at their discretion, add on-screen graphics identifying information for the purpose of making the proceeding more understandable to the television viewer, including but not limited to: venue name and location, docket name and number of the proceeding and names of jurists, attorneys and other parties.
  4. If there are 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 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 for the dignity of the courtroom.
  7. Upon request, copies of the videotapes, audio recordings or photographs produced for distribution will be provided to the Court to determine 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 shall be submitted to the court in accordance with the provisions of Practice Book §70-9(c)(ii).

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