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IllinoisSupremeCourtOrder-MediaCoverage

IllinoisSupremeCourtOrder-MediaCoverage

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INTHESUPREMECOURTOFILLINOISInre:ExtendedMediaCoverageIntheCircuitCourtsofIllinoisonanExperimentalBasis
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)M.R.2634ORDEREffectiveimmediatelyanduntilfurtherorder,pursuanttotheCourt'sgeneraladministrativeandsupervisoryauthorityoverallcourts,theSupremeCourtofIllinoisauthorizesextendedmediacoverageinthecircuitcourtsofIllinoisonanexperimental,circuitbycircuitbasis.Therefore,ITISORDERED:ExtendedmediacoverageinthecircuitcourtsofIllinoisisauthorizedonanexperimental,circuitbycircuitbasispursuanttothe"PolicyforExtendedMediaCoverageintheCircuitCourtsofIllinois",attachedheretoandapprovedbytheCourtthisdate.ThechiefjudgeofajudicialcircuitmaymakeapplicationtotheCourtforapprovaltoprovideextendedmediacoverageofjudicialproceedingsinthechiefjudge'sjudicialcircuit.TheapplicationshallbeforwardedtotheattentionoftheClerkoftheSupremeCourt.IntheeventthisordercreatesaconflictwithanystatuteorSupremeCourtRule,thisordershallcontrolduringitseffectiveperiod.The"PolicyforExtendedMediaCoverageintheCircuitCourtsofIllinois"iseffectiveimmediately.OrderenteredbytheCourt.
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POLICYFOREXTENDEDMEDIACOVERAGEINTHECIRCUITCOURTSOFILLINOIS
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UponapplicationandapprovalbytheSupremeCourtofIllinois,ajudicialcircuitofthecircuitcourtsofIllinoismayallowextendedmediacoverageofpublicjudicialproceedingsonanexperimentalbasisinaccordancewiththeprovisionsofthispolicy.Thecoverageshallbesubject,atalltimes,totheauthorityofthejudgepresidingattheproceeding.Extendedmediacoverageshallnotbedistractingorinterferewiththesolemnity,decorumanddignityofthecourtmakingdecisionsthataffectthelife,libertyorpropertyofcitizens.Nothinginthispolicyshalllimitorrestrictthepower,authorityorresponsibilityotherwisevestedinthechiefjudgeofthecircuit;andthejudgepresidingto:a)controltheconductofanyproceeding;b)maintaindecorumandpreventdistractions;c)guaranteethesafetyofthecourtroom,includinganyparty,witness,orjurorandd)ensurethefairandimpartialadministrationofjusticeinthependingcause.
1.1Definitions
(a)"Extendedmediacoverage"meansanymediarecordingorbroadcastingofproceedingsbytheuseoftelevision,radio,photographic,orrecordingequipmentforthepurposeofgatheringanddisseminatingnewstothepublic.(b)"NewsMedia",ingeneral,meansestablishednewsgatheringandreportingagenciesandtheirrepresentativeswhosefunctionistoinformthepublic.(c)"Judge"meansthecircuitorassociatejudgepresidinginatrialcourtproceeding.(d)"ChiefJudge"meansthechiefjudgeofthecircuit.
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"J~dicialproceedings"or"proceedings"includesallpublictrials,hearingsorotherproceedingsofatrialcourtwhenextendedmediacoverageisrequested,exceptthosespecificallyexcludedbytheseprovisions.
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"Mediacoordinator"meansamemberofthenewsmediawhohasrequestedextendedcoverageor,inthecaseofmorethanonemediapersonrequestingextendedcoverage,arepresentativechosenbyallofthemediarequestingextendedcoverageandapprovedbythejudge.Themediacoordinatorshallworkwiththechiefjudgeandthejudge,orwiththeirdesignee,inacourtproceedingwithextendedcoverage.
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GeneralBroadcasting,televising,recordingandphotographingmaybepermittedinthecourtroomduringsessionsofthecourt,underthefollowingconditions:(a)Permissionfirstshallhavebeengrantedbythejudge,whomayprescribesuchconditionsofcoverageasprovidedforinthispolicy.Thechiefjudgeshallhavediscretiontodenyallextendedmediacoverage.(b)Inprosecutionsforsexualabuse,orwhensexualabuseisanessentialelement,thereshallbenoextendedmediacoverageofthetestimonyofavictimunlessthetestifyingvictimconsents.Further,anobjectiontocoveragebyatestifyingvictiminanyotherforciblefelonyprosecution,andbypoliceinformants,undercoveragent(s),andrelocatedwitnessesshallbepresumedvalid.Thejudgeshallexercisebroaddiscretionindecidingwhetherthereiscauseforprohibition.Thislistisnotexclusive.Thejudgemayfindcauseincomparablesituations.(c)ExtendedmediacoverageisprohibitedinanycourtproceedingrequiredunderIllinoislawtobeheldinprivate.Nocoverageshallbepermittedinanyjuvenile,dissolution,adoption,childcustody,evidencesuppressionortradesecretcases.(d)Extendedmediacoverageofjuryselectionisprohibited.Extendedmediacoverageofthejuryandindividualjurorsisprohibited.(e)Thereshallbenoaudiopickuporbroadcastorrecordingofaconferenceinacourtproceedingorinacourtfacilitybetweenattorneysandtheirclients,betweenco-counsel,betweenattorneysandopposingcounsel,orattorneysandthejudge.
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Audioorvisualequipmentauthorizedbytheseprovisionsshallnotbeoperatedduringarecessinthecourtproceeding.(g)Thequantityandtypesofequipmentpermittedinthecourtroomshallbesubjecttothediscretionofthejudgewithintheguidelinessetoutinthispolicy.(h)Uponapplicationofthemedia,thejudgemaypermittheuseofequipmentortechniquesatvariancewiththeprovisionsinthispolicy,providedthevariancerequestisincludedintheadvancenoticeofcoverageprovidedforinsubsection1.3(b).Objections,ifany,shallbemadeasprovidedinSUbsection1.3(c).Rulinguponavarianceapplicationshallbeatthesolediscretionofthejudge.Variancesmaybeallowedbythejudgewithoutadvanceapplicationornoticeifallcounselandpartiesconsenttoit.
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