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Allows Cameras? Yes (with permission)
Exceptions: Closed proceedings

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

Rule 45 of the Idaho Court Administrative Rules (ICAR) allows extended coverage of all public proceedings, provided permission to cover a proceeding is obtained in advance from the presiding judge. ICAR Rule 46 provides guidelines for the use of cameras in appellate proceedings.

In trial courts, the presiding judge may prohibit coverage or order that the identity of a participant be concealed when such coverage would have a substantial adverse effect upon that participant, particularly victims of crime. Coverage of the jury, adoptions, mental health proceedings and other proceedings closed to the public is prohibited. Permission to photograph or broadcast a proceeding must be sought, in advance, from the presiding judge. Electronic flash or artificial lighting is prohibited, and the television camera may not “give any indication of whether it is operating.”

Only one still photographer and one camera operator is permitted in the courtroom, and any pooling arrangements must be made by the media. If the judge decides to limit or prohibit coverage, the decision cannot be appealed.

In the Supreme Court, ICAR Rule 46(a) allows cameras to be set up or taken down in the press box as long as the activity does not distract from judicial proceedings. Flash photography and the use of additional lighting for video photography are prohibited. The court will provide an audio feed for television cameras and audio recorders, but no separate microphones may be used.

Members of the media may only use electronic devices, including cell phones and personal computers, for note-taking. Notes cannot be transmitted from the courtroom. All cell phones and electronic devices should be turned off or set to vibrate mode.

Links: Authority
Idaho Court Administrative Rule 45
Idaho Court Administrative Rule 46(a)
Idaho Court Administrative Rule 46(b)
Idaho Court Administrative Rule 49

Links: Other
Idaho Court Media Guide
Idaho Supreme Court Live Stream

Last edited: December 12, 2022