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

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

Coverage of trial and appellate courts is permitted, though judges may restrict coverage of proceedings upon a finding that media coverage will “substantially and materially interfere with the primary function of the court to resolve disputes fairly under the law.” This coverage does not extend to private proceedings that statutorily prohibit media coverage. The presiding judge has discretion over the type of equipment allowed, the number of cameras permitted, and the location of the equipment. Pooling arrangements should be determined by the media personnel before the proceeding.

Links: Authority
Montana Canons of Judicial Ethics, Canon 35

Links: Other
Montana Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Last edited: December 13, 2022