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Allows Cameras? Yes (with permission)
Exceptions: Closed proceedings, circuit court juvenile proceedings, circuit court probate and domestic violence proceedings, and drug court proceedings

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

A judge may authorize broadcasting, recording, or photographing in the courtroom and adjacent areas provided that “the participants will not be distracted, nor will the dignity of the proceedings be impaired.” An objection to the coverage by a party or attorney precludes media coverage of the proceedings and an objection by a witness precludes coverage of that witness. Coverage of juvenile matters in circuit court, all probate and domestic relations matters in circuit court, including adoption, guardianship, divorce, custody, support, and paternity, and all drug court proceedings is expressly prohibited. Similarly, coverage of jurors, minors without parental or guardian consent, sex crime victims, undercover police agents and informants is also prohibited.

Only one television and one still camera is allowed in the courtroom at one time and the media are responsible for arranging pooling agreements. If the court already has broadcasting equipment, it shall be used unless other arrangements are necessary.

Use of electronic devices without permission of the court is prohibited, including for e-mail, blogging, and tweeting. Violating Arkansas rules could result in citations for contempt against members of the media and their news agencies.

Links: Authority
Arkansas Judiciary Administrative Order 6: Broadcasting, Recording, or Photographing in the Courtroom

Links: Other
Arkansas Courts Video Livestream

Last edited: December 12, 2022