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Allows Cameras? Yes (with permission)Exceptions: Juvenile Court, jury proceedings, and bench conferences
Audio or Video Webcast? YesMedia Guide Available? YesAllows Cell Phones to Record Video? No
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Arizona Supreme Court Rule 122 allows the use of recording devices in a courtroom, subject to specific requirements and limitations. A recording device is a tool used “to capture and store sound or images, or both, or from which a person can retrieve or broadcast sound or images.” An individual or organization who wishes to use a recording device during a proceeding must submit a written or electronic request to cover the proceeding. For a trial, an individual or organization must submit a request at least seven calendar days before the trial date. For proceedings other than a trial, an individual or organization must submit a request no less than 48 hours before the start of the proceeding. A judge on his or her own motion may deny a request for coverage, or may sustain a party’s objection to coverage, only after making specific, on-the-record findings that there is a likelihood of harm and that the harm outweighs the benefit of coverage to the public.
Only one television and one still camera is allowed, although the judge conducting the proceeding has discretion to approve a request for additional recording devices. Media are responsible for pooling arrangements.
Recording devices include smart phones. An individual or organization may use a personal audio recorder, which is “a device used to record audio only, and that is on, held by, or immediately next to, the person who is operating the device.”
Links: Authority• Rule 122, Rules of the Arizona Supreme Court, Ariz. Rev. Stat., Vol. 17A: Use of Recording Devices in a Courtroom• Rule 122.1, Rules of the Arizona Supreme Court, Ariz. Rev. Stat., Vol. 17A: Use of Portable Devices in a Courthouse
Links: Other• Arizona Judicial Branch: Supreme Court of Arizona Oral Argument Videos• Administrative Order 2019-027: Camera Use in Court Buildings• Administrative Order 2019-142: Regulating Use of Photographic and Video Recording Devices at Appellate Courthouses and Other Designated Facilities
Last edited: December 12, 2022