2.17 PHOTOGRAPHING, RECORDING AND BROADCASTING IN COURT
(a) Definitions. This rule adopts the definitions contained in California Rules of Court, rule
1.150(b), except as follows:
1) The term “media coverage” means any photographing, recording or broadcasting
in court by the media;
2) The term “court” means any courtroom or courthouse in the County where the
court conducts business, including all entrances, exits, hallways, escalators, elevators, and adjacent
or subterranean court parking areas. It does not include the offices in any courthouse occupied by
independent agencies such as the
Attorney and the Public Defender;
3) The term “designated media area” means any area so designated by the Presiding
Judge, supervising judge, or site judge.
(b) Court Order Required. While in court, no one may engage in photographing, recording,
or broadcasting, or activate any camera, microphone, recorder or broadcasting device, except:
1) in a courtroom where the judge has issued an order allowing media coverage under
California Rules of Court, rule 1.150 and Local Rule 2.17(d), or expressly granted permission, under
California Rules of Court, rule 1.150(d) or otherwise, to photograph, record, and/or broadcast; or
2) outside the courtroom, if it is: i) in a designated media area, or ii) with prior written
permission from the Presiding Judge, supervising judge, or site judge. No one may carry any
camera, microphone, or recording equipment, or activate the image or sound capturing feature of any
computer, mobile telephone, watch or other similar equipment in a courtroom without express
written permission from the appropriate judicial officer.
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(c) No Obstruction of Public Access. Persons engaged in photographing, recording and
broadcasting must not obstruct pedestrian traffic, create traffic congestion or otherwise impede
access to court proceedings, offices, services or facilities.
(d) Written Media Requests Required. Persons requesting media coverage of any type,
including pool cameras, must complete and submit for judicial approval Judicial Council form
MC-500, specifying: i) the time estimate for coverage; ii) the proposed placement of cameras,
microphones and other equipment; and iii) whether the coverage will be disseminated live or
recorded for future dissemination.
(e) Submission of Media Requests to Public Information Office. Before filing Judicial
Council Forms MC-500 and MC-510 in court or submitting them to any judge, persons requesting
media coverage must deliver or electronically submit originals or copies to the Public Information
213-621-7642; Telephone: 213-974-5227).
(f) Responsibility for Compliance with Rules. Media (as defined in California Rules of
Court, rule 1.150(b)(2)), and any other person seeking to photograph, record or broadcast in court
must be familiar with, and comply with this rule and the California Rules of Court, rule 1.150.
(g) No Restriction On Judicial Discretion. This rule does not restrict a judge’s discretion to
regulate sound or image capturing, photographing, recording or broadcasting in his or her courtroom.
(Rule 2.17 new and effective July 1, 2011)