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Release Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 and updated on December 2, 2019

Administrative Order 2018-79, signed by Chief Judge K. Michael Moore on October 17, 2018, vacates Administrative Orders 2006-16, 2008-07, 2009-12, 2011-108 and 2015-21. Administrative Order 2019-87A, signed by Chief Judge K. Michael Moore on November 14, 2019, further limits the use of electronic devices in buildings housing federal courthouses. News reporters must agree in writing to abide by the terms set forth in Administrative Order 2018-79 and 2019-87. By signing below, you are specifically:

  • acknowledging receipt of a copy of Administrative Orders 2018-79 and 2019-87A;
  • agreeing to comply with Administrative Orders 2018-79 and 2019-87A, in all respects, including but not limited to use their electronic device inside the Districts courtrooms only in text function mode consistent with this Order. Reporters also must agree in writing to not record or transmit in any way audio, still photography, or video from anywhere inside courthouses nor from inside courtrooms, including any lobby areas, of any building housing a federal court, and agree to not transmit a live feed of any of the aforementioned at any time. Nor may reporters create a verbatim record of any proceeding; and,
  • acknowledging that a knowing or willful violation of the agreement will result in contempt of court.

District and Magistrate Judges retain the discretion to maintain order in their courtrooms should the entry and exit of news reporters become disruptive in a particular proceeding.

Upon submission, your name will be added to a list of reporters who have signed such agreement and the list will be made available to Court security personnel assigned to each Courthouse.

This authorization expires on December 31, 2020, and must be renewed on an annual basis. Please email your completed form and a copy of your press credentials to: press_request@flsd.uscourts.gov.   Please allow two (2) business days for processing.

New Request Form:
Media Authorization to Bring in Electronic Equipment Pursuant to Administrative Orders 2018-79 and 2019-87A

Prohibited Electronic Devices

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