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Allows Cameras? Yes (with notice)
Exceptions: None

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

Electronic coverage of proceedings in the state’s appellate and trial courts is permitted, although the judge may limit or deny coverage for good cause. The judge also has wide discretion to exclude coverage of certain types of witnesses, including, but not limited to, the victims of sex crimes and their families, police informants, undercover agents, relocated witnesses and juveniles. Filming of the jury or any juror is prohibited, as is filming of jury selection. Coverage of any attorney-client or attorney-court conferences is prohibited. Those wishing to cover a proceeding must notify the clerk of the particular court at least 24 hours in advance of the proceeding. Only one television camera and two still photographers, each with one camera are allowed in the courtroom at any one time, and any pooling arrangements are the responsibility of the media.

In 1982, the New Mexico Supreme Court set forth requirements for judges to follow before they can limit coverage in New Mexico courtrooms. In State ex rel. New Mexico Press Association v. Kaufman, 648 P.2d 300 (N.M. 1982), the Supreme Court held: “Before placing restrictions on the media, some minimum form of notice should be given to the media and a hearing held. Anyone present should be given an opportunity to object. These proceedings should take place in advance of the date set for trial, if possible, to avoid delays and postponements. The court should weigh the competing interests of the defendant and the public and determine if the limitation sought would be effective in protecting the interests threatened and if it would be the least restrictive means available. The court is charged with the duty of considering all reasonable alternatives to limiting media coverage. Sacramento Bee v. United States Dist. Court, 656 F.2d 477 (9th Cir.1981). Its consideration of these issues should be articulated in oral or written findings and conclusions in the record, but formal findings and conclusions are not necessary. The order must be no broader in application or duration than necessary to serve its purpose.”

Links: Authority
New Mexico Supreme Court General Rules, Rule 23-107: Broadcasting, Televising, Photographing, and Recording of Court Proceedings
New Mexico Supreme Court General Rules, Rule 6-102: Conduct of Court Proceedings
State ex rel. New Mexico Press Association v. Kaufman, 648 P.2d 300 (N.M. 1982)

Links: Other
New Mexico Courts Livestream
New Mexico Reference Guide on Media Issues
New Mexico Courtroom Etiquette
Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Media Policy

Last edited: December 13, 2022