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Allows Cameras? Yes (with a signed agreement and permission)
Exceptions: Juvenile Court

Audio or Video Webcast? Yes
Media Guide Available? Yes
Allows Cell Phones to Record Video? Yes (with permission)

Under New Jersey Code of Judicial Conduct Canon 3.11, “[a] judge should permit broadcasting, televising, recording, or taking photographs in the courtroom and areas immediately adjacent thereto during sessions of court or recesses between sessions only in accordance with the guidelines promulgated by the Supreme Court and subject to the restrictions contained therein.” The Supreme Court issued new guidelines in 2020.

The Supreme Court Guidelines require a person who wishes to photograph, record, broadcast, or transmit a proceeding to request permission and sign an agreement. The court shall determine whether or not to permit broadcasting of a proceeding, and its decisions are appealable by motion within three days of the court’s decision. Consent of parties is not required. Coverage of juvenile proceedings, attorney-client conferences, and juries is prohibited. Coverage may be excluded in any proceeding where the court determines it would cause a substantial increase in the threat of, or the potential for, harm to a litigant, juror, witness, or any other participant in the case or would otherwise unduly interfere with the integrity of the proceeding.

Electronic devices, including cell phones, are permitted in a courtroom but must be turned off or on silent. Anyone seeking to use the device to broadcast, record, or photograph must go through the approval process.

Links: Authority
New Jersey Code of Judicial Conduct, Canon 3.11: Broadcasting
New Jersey Supreme Court Media Guidelines

Links: Other
New Jersey Supreme Court Webcast
New Jersey Courts Livestream
New Jersey Courts YouTube Channel
New Jersey Courts Media References

Last edited: December 13, 2022