Electronic Devices in the Courthouse

The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and Judicial Conference Policy prohibit the taking of photographs in the courtroom during judicial proceedings or the broadcasting of judicial proceedings from the Courtroom. In the past, enforcement of this policy was limited to the prohibition of cameras in the Courtroom. However, as technology advances, there are an evergrowing number of wireless communication devices that have the capability of recording and/or transmitting sound, pictures, and video. Currently, these devices include, but are not limited to, cell phones, camera phones, personal data assistants (PDA’s), laptop computers, IPADs, as well as other emerging portable computing devices. Many of these devices are also capable of wireless internet access and have recording capabilities. In order to enforce the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and Judicial Conference Policy, General Order 26 sets forth the limitations on the use of electronic devices inside United States Courthouses within the Northern District of New York.

To view the full electronic devices policy of this court please review General Order 26.

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