RULE No. 5 – MEDIA

(A) Requests for permission to broadcast, record, photograph or televise in the courtroom shall be in writing on a form prescribed by this Court to the judge or magistrate to whom the case is assigned as far in advance as reasonably practical, but in no event later than one-half (1/2) hour prior to the courtroom session to be broadcast or photographed unless otherwise permitted by the judge or magistrate. Permission shall be granted in accordance with Rule 12 of Ohio Rules of Superintendence and upon such terms as the Court may dictate.

(B) Media representatives are responsible for pooling without involving the court in any way, except to notify it of pooling arrangements. Television stations and radio stations must decide which of them shall cover the proceedings, and only one of each may then cover any one proceeding. The newsprint media must decide which of them shall cover the proceedings for photographic coverage, and only one photographer may then be allowed in the courtroom at any one time. If a dispute arises among or between the media representatives during any proceeding, the judge shall exclude contesting representatives from the remaining case proceedings.

(C) Media representatives must be in designated areas before court convenes and may leave only during a recess, lunch break, or afternoon adjournment. They are responsible for providing their own equipment, including sufficient equipment leads to ensure they are able to be stationed in the designated location. Only existing lighting within the courtroom may be used. No flash lighting is permitted. Media representatives must wear appropriate attire when on courtroom assignment.

(D)  Limitations:

(1) No media recording of proceedings in a judge’s chambers or access to the same shall be permitted.

(2) There shall be no audio pickup or broadcast of conferences conducted in court between attorneys and clients or co-counsel or of conferences conducted at the bench between counsel and the judge.

(3) No media recording shall be permitted in the jury deliberation room at any time during the course of the trial or after the case has been submitted to the jury. No pictures of jurors shall be permitted at any time.

(4) The judge shall inform victims and witnesses of their right to object to being filmed, videotaped, recorded or photographed.   Recording and/or broadcasting of victims of sexual assaults, informants and undercover police officers shall not be permitted.

(5) No media recording shall be made of any document or exhibit before or after it is admitted into evidence, except those which are clearly visible to spectators (e.g. maps, charts, blackboards, etc.).

(E) Revocation of permission:

Upon the failure of any media representative to comply with the conditions prescribed by these local rules, or the judge, or of Rule 12 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio, the judge may revoke the permission to record and/or broadcast the proceedings.

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