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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:
- One television production unit consisting of
either: (1) one production crew utilizing multiple, tripod or wall-mounted,
remotely-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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Photographers and equipment operators must
conduct themselves in the courtroom quietly and discreetly, with due
regard for the dignity of the courtroom.
- 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
- 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).