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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 allowed at both the appellate and trial court levels. A request for media coverage must be submitted 24 hours or more prior to the proceedings. The media may not make any close-up photography or visual recording of the members of the jury, nor may it make an audio recording of conferences between attorney and client or between counsel and the presiding judge. Additionally, equipment may not be moved during a proceeding. The trial judge has broad discretion in deciding whether there is cause for prohibition of coverage. Requests to limit media coverage enjoy a presumption of validity in cases involving the victims of crimes, confidential informants, and undercover agents, as well as in evidentiary suppression hearings.

The privilege to photograph, televise or record court proceedings may be exercised only by persons or organizations which are part of the accredited news media. In the Wyoming Supreme Court, absent express authorization by the court, individuals attending or participating in open court or confidential proceedings cannot use or operate any camera, video recording device, or audio recording device to record, broadcast, or photograph the proceedings. Except as provided, individuals attending or participating in open court or confidential proceedings cannot use a Wireless Communication Device during the proceedings, including mobile phones, cellular devices, PDAs, and computers. Such devices must be completely turned off and not merely set to “vibrate” or a similar setting.

Links: Authority
Wyoming Rule of Criminal Procedure 53: Media Access to Courts
District Courts of the State of Wyoming Uniform Rule 804: Media Access
Supreme Court of Wyoming Rule 5: Use of Cameras and Wireless Communication Devices During Proceedings

Links: Other
Wyoming Supreme Court Audio Livestream
Wyoming District Courts Audio Livestream

Last edited: December 13, 2022