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Release Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

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. This Administrative Order is intended to supersede those orders in their entirety.  News reporters must agree in writing to abide by the terms set forth in Administrative Order 2018-79. By signing below, you are specifically:

  • acknowledging receipt of a copy of Administrative Order 2018-79;
  • agreeing to comply with Administrative Order 2018-79, in all respects, including but not limited to use their electronic device inside the District’s 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, 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, 2019, and must be renewed on an annual basis. Please email your completed form and a copy of your press credentials to:   Please allow two (2) business days for processing.

New Request Form:
Media Authorization to Bring in Electronic Equipment Pursuant to Administrative Order 2018-79

Prohibited Electronic Devices:
Administrative Order 2018-79
In re: Cellular Phone and Electronic Equipment Usage in the Courthouse

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