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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

Extended media coverage is authorized in all courts. The judge may deny media coverage of any proceeding or portion of a proceeding in which the judge determines that media coverage would materially interfere with a party’s right to a fair trial or when a witness or party objects and shows good cause why expanded coverage should not be permitted. The judge may also deny coverage if the coverage would include testimony of an adult victim or witness in sex offense prosecutions; or would include a juvenile victim or witness in proceedings in which illegal sexual activity is an element of the evidence; or coverage would include undercover or relocated witnesses. Coverage of proceedings held in chambers, proceedings closed to the public, and jury selection is prohibited. Conferences between an attorney and client, witness or aide, between attorneys, or between counsel and the bench may not be recorded or received by sound equipment. Further, close-up photography of jurors is also prohibited. Decisions to grant or deny coverage are not appealable.

Administrative Rule 21 requires that requests for expanded media coverage of appellate courts be made at least two business days before the proceeding through electronic means, ””with copies to counsel of record.”” Requests for expanded media coverage of trial court proceedings must be made to the presiding judge at least seven days before the proceeding. Notice of the request must be given to all counsel of record and self-represented parties. The notice must be in writing and filed with proof of service with the clerk of the appropriate court.

Two video cameras and two still cameras are permitted. Pooling arrangements should be made by media personnel and should not involve the court as a mediator.

Unless the court permits otherwise, any electronic device in the courtroom must be turned off or muted, and any authorized use of a device must be as minimally disruptive as possible. A juror may not possess any wireless communication device during deliberations.

Links: Authority
North Dakota Administrative Rule 21: Electronic and Photographic Media Coverage of Court Proceedings
North Dakota Rules of Court 10.1: Conduct in Court

Links: Other
North Dakota Court System Livestream

Last edited: December 13, 2022