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Allows Cameras? Yes (with permission)
Exceptions: None

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

Extended coverage of judicial proceedings is permitted under Administrative Order No. 1989-1, but requests for coverage must be made in writing not less than three business days before the proceeding is scheduled to begin. A judge may terminate, suspend or exclude coverage at any time upon a finding, made and articulated on the record that the rules for coverage have been violated or that the fair administration of justice requires such action. Such decisions are not appealable. Coverage of jurors or the jury selection process is not permitted. The judge has sole discretion to exclude coverage of certain witnesses, including but not limited to, the victims of sex crimes and their families, police informants, undercover agents and relocated witnesses.

Michigan Court Rule 8.115 governs the use of cell phones and other electronic devices in courtrooms. In courtrooms, the chief judge has the authority to establish a policy for the use of portable electronic equipment, like cell phones and laptops. No judge may allow people using portable electronic devices to take photographs of jurors or witnesses, and each individual using a portable electronic device to coverage a court proceeding must obtain permission from the judge.

Links: Authority
Michigan Court Administrative Rule 8.115: Courtroom Decorum: Policy Regarding Use of Cell Phones or Other Portable Electronic Communication Devices
Administrative Order No. 1989-1: Film or Electronic Media Coverage of Court Proceedings

Links: Other
A Journalists’ Guide to Covering Michigan State Courts
Michigan Courts YouTube Channel
Michigan Courts Video Webcast
Michigan Courts Media Resources

Last edited: December 13, 2022