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Allows Cameras? No
Exceptions: Appellate courts upon request

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

Electronic coverage of appellate proceedings is allowed, while coverage at the trial level is prohibited unless the trial judge otherwise authorizes. In the district courts, family courts, and juvenile courts, Louisiana District Court Rule 6.1 generally prohibits coverage during sessions of court and recesses from sessions. In addition, a trial judge may prohibit the use of electronic devices, like cell phones, in the courtroom. Recently amended Canon 3(A) 9 gives trial judges discretion to authorize coverage of ceremonial events or coverage of proceedings if it does not distract parties or detract from the dignity of the court, is consented to by parties and witnesses, is seen after the entire matter is finalized, and is reproduced in educational institutions.

At the appellate level, each court and its judge or panel has the authority to allow coverage; the court may prohibit coverage to ensure the fair administration of justice and to maintain control and decorum in the courtroom. Obtaining the consent of the involved parties is not required, although the Court may prohibit coverage upon its own motion or if an objection is made by a party. Notice of intent to cover a proceeding must be made at least 20 days in advance or, in expedited proceedings, within a reasonable time before the proceeding is scheduled to occur. No more than two television cameras, each operated by no more than one camera person, and one still photographer, using not more than two still cameras with not more than two lenses for each camera, will be permitted in the courtroom during proceedings. In addition, the media are responsible for any pooling arrangements.

Links: Authority
Louisiana Canon 3A(9) and Appendix
Louisiana District Court Rule 6.1 (e)-(f)

Links: Other
Louisiana Supreme Court Livestream
Louisiana Supreme Court Press Room

Last edited: December 13, 2022