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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? Unclear

Rule 18c, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, and Rule 14, Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, provide for the recording and broadcasting of civil court proceedings.

Rule 18c allows television, radio, and photographic coverage with the consent of the trial judge, the parties, and each witness. Coverage also may not ”unduly distract participants or impair the dignity of the proceedings.”

Rule 14 technically permits coverage of civil and criminal appellate proceedings. Requests for coverage at the appellate level must be filed five days prior to the proceeding, and coverage may be subject to other limitations imposed by the presiding judge(s). Those seeking coverage at the trial level should check with the local court, as the Supreme Court has approved local rules submitted by counties and cities in the state to allow coverage of trial proceedings and will continue to do so.

The Supreme Court of Texas provides live video and archived audio and video webcasts of oral arguments.

Links: Authority
Texas Rules of Civil Procedure 18c: Recording and Broadcasting of Court Proceedings
Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure 14: Recording and Broadcasting Court Proceedings

Links: Other
Texas Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Texas Supreme Court Youtube
Texas Judicial Branch Media Resources

Last edited: December 13, 2022