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In re Amendment of Rule 1910 of Rules of Judicial Administration

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

October 8, 2019

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULE 1910 OF THE RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION

         JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION DOCKET

          ORDER

          PER CURIAM.

         AND NOW, this 8th day of October, 2019, it is Ordered pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 1910 of the Rules of Judicial Administration is amended in the attached form.

         To the extent that notice of proposed rulemaking would otherwise be required by Pa.R.J.A. No. 103, the immediate promulgation of the amendment is found to be in the interest of efficient administration.

         This Order shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments shall be effective on January 1, 2020.

         Rule 1910. Broadcasting, Recording and Photography in the Courtroom

         A. General statutory prohibition.

         It is unlawful and a criminal offense to use or operate a device to capture, record, transmit or broadcast a photograph, video, motion picture or audio of a proceeding or person within a judicial facility or in an area adjacent to or immediately surrounding a judicial facility without the approval of the court or presiding judicial officer or except as provided by rules of court. See 18 Pa.C.S. § 5103.1 (relating to unlawful use of an audio or video device in court).

         B. General rule.

         Unless otherwise provided by this rule or by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, judges [should] shall prohibit broadcasting, televising, recording or taking photographs in the courtroom and areas immediately adjacent thereto during sessions of court or recesses between sessions, except that a judge may authorize:

[A.] (1) the use of electronic or photographic means for the presentation of evidence, for the perpetuation of a record or for other purposes of judicial administration;
[B.] (2) the broadcasting, televising, recording, or photographing of investitive, ceremonial, or naturalization proceedings;
[C.] (3) the photographic or electronic recording and reproduction of appropriate court proceedings under the following conditions:
[(1)] (a) the means of recording will not distract participants or impair the dignity of the ...

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