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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

West Virginia’s rules permit coverage of both trial and appellate proceedings but also permit a presiding judge to terminate coverage if he or she “determines that coverage will impede justice or create unfairness for any party.” Requests for media coverage must be made at least one day in advance of the proceeding. The presiding judge may sustain or deny objections made by parties, witnesses and counsel to the coverage of any portion of a proceeding. Audio coverage of attorney-client meetings or any other conferences conducted between and among attorneys, clients, or the presiding judge is prohibited. Coverage that shows the face of any juror or makes the identity of any juror discernible is prohibited without juror approval. Only one television camera and one still photographer are allowed in the courtroom at any one time, and the media are responsible for any pooling arrangements.

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia provides a live Web cast of oral arguments.

Links: Authority
West Virginia Judiciary Rules of Appellate Procedure Rule 42: Media Access
West Virginia Judiciary Trial Court Rule 8: Cameras, Audio Equipment and Media in the Courtroom

Links: Other
West Virginia Media Guide
Video Webcast: West Virginia Supreme Court Oral Arguments
West Virginia Judiciary Media Access Rule and Social Media

Last edited: December 13, 2022