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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

Supreme Court Rules 229-246 govern electronic coverage of court proceedings in Nevada. There is a presumption that all court proceedings open to the public are subject to electronic coverage, but permission must be granted by the presiding judge.

To obtain permission, the reporter must submit a written request to cover at least 24 hours before the proceeding begins. The judge will consider the following factors to determine whether to permit electronic coverage: (1) the right to a fair trial; (2) the right of privacy; (3) the safety and well-being of parties and witnesses; (4) the likelihood that coverage will be a distraction and detract from the dignity of the court; (5) the physical facilities of the court for coverage; and (6) the fair administration of justice. If the judge allows coverage, the judge may revoke the permission at any time.

News reporters must designate a representative for the court to consult regarding coverage. Only one camera person and one still photographer are allowed in a court proceeding, unless a judge specifically authorizes more news reporters to record the proceedings. Likewise, only one audio system can be used. News reporters are responsible for pooling; to be eligible to participate in the camera pool, the news reporter must obtain permission through the court. News reporters in a pool should have equal access to data and share costs evenly. The judge will determine the placement of cameras, but the rules require that the location of the camera must allow for “reasonable access to coverage.”

News reporters may not deliberately photograph jurors, even though the rules recognize that it may be impossible to avoid photographing some jurors during some parts of proceedings. In addition, news reporters may not cover privileged conferences. Even though consent of participants is not required for coverage, the judge may prohibit the coverage of an individual who does not consent. Recordings of court proceedings may not be used for advertising purposes.

Unobtrusive electronic devices—like tape recorders, cell phones, PDAs, and laptops—may be allowed by the judge, however, these devices should be used for personal note-taking and not for broadcasting. If a news reporter wants to use these other devices to record or broadcast, the reporter must obtain permission from the court in the same way the reporter would obtain permission for a traditional camera. Electronic devices may be used to transmit and receive data communications but not for phone calls.

Links: Authority
Nevada Supreme Court Rules, Part IV: Rules on Electronic Coverage of Court Proceedings

Links: Other
Nevada Supreme Court Oral Argument Archive
Nevada Courts: Media Resources

Last edited: December 13, 2022