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Detailed Guide: Ninth Circuit

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Districts Included: Alaska, Arizona, Central District of California, Eastern District of California, Northern District of California, Southern District of California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Eastern District of Washington, and Western District of Washington

Same Procedures Apply to the District Courts? No

Allows Cameras? Yes (with permission)
Exceptions: Conferences between attorneys and clients, co-counsel, or among panel members

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

As one of the two circuit courts that allows cameras, ”the Ninth Circuit welcomes media coverage of legal matters.” Members of the media can bring cameras to cover Ninth Circuit proceedings with advanced notice (two business days) to the Clerk of Court. Up to two television cameras, with one operator per camera, are allowed in the courtroom--and positioned at a location determined by the Clerk. Equipment with distracting sound or light is not allowed. Members of the media are responsible for pooling arrangements.

Three Ninth Circuit districts (the Northern District of California, Guam, and the Western District of Washington) continue to provide the Judicial Conference with data for its Cameras in the Courtroom pilot program. As part of the continuing pilot program, these districts record and publish civil hearings, in addition to bench and jury trials.

Links: Authority
Ninth Circuit Guidelines for Broadcasting, Recording, and Still Photograpy in the Courtroom
Ninth Circuit Cameras and Electronic Devices Policy

Links: Other
Ninth Circuit News Media Resources
Ninth Circuit Oral Arguments and Events Livestream
Ninth Circuit Oral Argument Audio and Video Archive
Northern District of California Cameras in the Courtroom Pilot Program Continuation

Last edited: December 14, 2022