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Allows Cameras? Yes (with permission)
Exceptions: None

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

Electronic photographic recording of proceedings in appellate courts is permitted, subject to the approval of the respective appellate court. Consent to coverage by parties or attorneys is not required. Any objections by parties or attorneys are limited to those showing good cause. Only two television cameras and two still photographers are allowed in the courtroom at any time, and coverage is subject to various other technical conditions concerning media equipment. The New York Court of Appeals provides live webcasts of oral arguments, with archives of selected arguments.

Although Section 52 of the Civil Rights Law imposes a ban on televising of trial court proceedings, New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Section 29.3 provides that any media coverage of trial court proceedings is governed by the administrative court rules laid out in NY Consolidated Laws (NY CLS) Section 131. Updated in 2016, Section 131 states that coverage is permitted by the presiding judge. Media personnel may request permission to broadcast and record in any trial proceeding that does not include a witness or party testimony. Consent of all parties is not required for the judge to grant permission. Only two video cameras with two camera operators and two still cameras with two photographers are permitted during a given proceeding. The presiding judge will determine where the equipment shall be placed.

Links: Authority
New York Civil Rights Law § 52: Television, Broadcasting or Taking Motion Pictures of Certain Proceedings Prohibited
New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Electronic Recording and Audio-Visual Coverage in Court Facilities and of Court Proceedings: §§ 29.1-29.3
NY CLS Standards & Administrative Policies § 131 (2000)

Links: Other
New York Court of Appeals Audio Archive
New York State Unified Court System Press Center
New York Court of Appeals Livestream
New York Courts Youtube

Last edited: December 13, 2022