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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

Media coverage at both the trial and appellate levels is permitted on a case-by-case basis as authorized by a judge. This coverage may not extend to jury selection or proceedings for juvenile, adoption, domestic relations, and child custody cases. Coverage of objecting participants who are victims of crimes, police informants, undercover agents, relocated witnesses, or juveniles is also prohibited. The media may, upon permission of the judge, record a juvenile being prosecuted as an adult. Requests for coverage must be made to the media coordinator, in writing, at least two days in advance of the scheduled proceeding, and the media coordinator must then give written notice of the request to counsel for all parties, parties appearing without counsel, and the judge. The judge may prohibit coverage of any or all of a participant’s testimony, either upon the objection of the participant, party, or the court’s own motion. Only one television camera and one still photographer are allowed in the courtroom at any one time. The media are responsible for all pooling arrangements.

Cell phones and other personal electronic devices cannot be brought into the Missouri Supreme Court building.

Links: Authority
Administrative Rule 16, Missouri Supreme Court Rules: Cameras in Missouri Courts

Links: Other
Missouri Courts: Cameras in the Courtroom
Missouri Courts Audio Webcast

Last edited: December 13, 2022