Media Policies & Procedures
Contained on this page are the policies and procedures for the media when covering court proceedings in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. Media rights to a court proceeding is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Click here to read Rule 2.450 of the Rules of Judicial Administration, Standards of Conduct and Technology Governing Electronic Media and Still Photography Coverage of Judicial Proceedings. Please note that these Rules and any orders issued by the presiding judge will be strictly enforced.
Media Requests: To request media rights to a court proceeding, please contact:
|Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes and Washington Counties
Gary A. Hagan
Cameras: Only one television camera, one still camera, and one audio sound system for radio will be allowed in the courtroom. No additional cameras will be permitted to be used in the courtroom.
Media Plates:Recording equipment and operating personnel shall be located in, and coverage of the proceedings shall take place from the gallery area near the courtroom's media plate or in areas otherwise designated by the presiding Judge. Media plates provide audio and video for recording devices in the courtroom. Media are not permitted to place additional microphones in the courtroom without prior approval. Audio outputs are Line Level.
Pooling: If you have media rights for a proceeding, you must be able to provide a pool feed if needed by other media outlets. This includes video, audio, and still photography.
Movement During Proceedings: The video camera in the courtroom must be mounted and operated from a tripod. The still camera can be handheld, however, neither the video nor still photographer is permitted to move about in the courtroom during the proceedings, nor engage in any movement or conversation that attracts undue attention. The video camera can only be installed or removed from the courtroom when the Court is not in session.