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Allows Cameras? Yes (with permission)
Exceptions: None

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

Rule 4-401.01 does not distinguish between trial and appellate level courts, and creates a presumption that electronic media coverage is permitted in all courts. A judge may limit or prohibit electronic media coverage, but the judge must find a compelling reason to restrict coverage. News reporters—defined in part as “any person who gathers, records, photographs, reports, or publishes information for the primary purpose of disseminating news and information to the public”—must file a written request for permission to electronically cover a proceeding 24 hours in advance of the proceeding.

The presiding judges may restrict the time, place, and manner of using a portable electronic device to maintain safety, decorum, and order of common areas of the courthouse, such as lobbies and corridors. A person may silently use a portable electronic device inside a courtroom. A person may not use a portable electronic device to record or transmit images or sound of court proceedings except in accordance with Rule 4-401.01.

Links: Authority
Utah Rule 4-401.01 Electronic Media Coverage of Court Proceedings
Utah Rule 4-401.02: Possession and Use of Portable Electronic Devices

Links: Other
Utah Media Resources
Utah Appellate Courts Livestream
State of Utah Judicial Council Final Report
Utah State Courts YouTube Channel

Last edited: December 13, 2022