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Allows Cameras? Yes (with permission)
Exceptions: Sexual assault victims (unless the victim agrees), jurors, minors (unless charged as adults in a criminal case), and bench conferences

Audio or Video Webcast? Yes
Media Guide Available? Yes
Allows Cell Phones to Record Video? No

The news media, which includes the electronic media, still photographers and sketch artists, may cover court proceedings in all state trial and appellate courts. Administrative Rule 50 does not limit media coverage to courtrooms. Instead, the rule permits media coverage anywhere in the state court facility--with the exception of security screening areas. To cover a proceeding, the media must apply for and receive the consent of the presiding judge. Requests for coverage must be made 24 hours prior to the proceeding, and applications that are timely filed are deemed to have been approved, unless otherwise prohibited.

Up to three television cameras, three still cameras, and three audio systems are allowed. Media are responsible for pooling arrangements. Additional instructions regarding use and quantity of media equipment, behavior of those using cameras, identification, and prodcedures for obtaining approval are outlined in Administrative Bulletin No. 45.

The consent of all parties is required for coverage of divorce, dissolution of marriage, domestic violence, child custody and visitation, paternity or other family proceedings. Jurors may not be photographed, filed or videotaped in the courtroom at any time. Victims of a sexual offense may not be photographed, filmed, videotaped or sketched without the consent of the court and the victim. Additionally, images of minors may not be photographed, filmed, videotaped, sketched, recorded, or broadcast on the internet unless the minor is being prosecuted as an adult in a criminal case. During oral argument coverage at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, cameras and electronic devices must be placed in a position that avoids capturing civil case parties, criminal case victims, and minors (unless tried as an adult in criminal cases). Bench conferences cannot be filmed, videotaped, recorded, broadcast, streamed, or posted online. A procedure is prescribed for suspension of an individual’s or an organization’s media coverage privileges for a period of up to one year for violation of the media coverage plan.

Links: Authority
Alaska Rule of Administration 50: Use of Cameras and Electronic Devices in Court Facilities

Links: Other
Administrative Bulletin No. 45
Alaska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Video Webcast
Local Order for Media Coverage in the Third Judicial District
Alaska Court System Media Resources
Alaska Trial Court Video Webcast

Last edited: December 12, 2022