Friday, September 10, 2010

Courts, Media, and the First Amendment

Got thoughts on . . .
  • Cameras in the courtroom?
  • Gag orders?
  • Sealing court documents?
The Judicial Council’s Bench-Bar-Media Committee is seeking comments on its recommendations on these and related issues.  The recommendations include:
  • creating an "explicit presumption that cameras and other recording devices are allowed in the courtroom"
  • conditioning gag orders on "a specific finding of a legitimate competing interest that overrides the public’s right of access," and
  • requiring all courts to post sealing orders and applications "on their local websites within five court business days."
The public may submit comments by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2010, at the California Courts website at