Media Guidelines: Use of Empty Courtrooms and Facilities
Policy On Use Of Empty Courtrooms And Facilities
- The courtrooms and related interior court space in any Maricopa County courthouse or justice court,
including jury rooms and courthouse hallways, are to be used to conduct judicial proceedings in a dignified
and solemn fashion. Use of these facilities for non-judicial purposes, such as a backdrop to provide an air
of respect, endorsement or heightened credibility to a news story, news commentary, promotion, broadcast or
advertisement is normally contrary to this purpose.
- Requests for use of empty courtrooms and areas immediately adjacent thereto, including jury rooms and
hallways, shall be submitted in writing to the Media Relations Department Office. The appropriate judicial officer shall
then be contacted by the Media Relations Department Office for written approval or rejection of the request. All requests
will receive prompt consideration.
Approved by the Judicial Executive Committee March 16, 1999
- Rule 122, Supreme Court rules, which provides guidelines for electronic and photographic coverage of public
judicial proceedings, does not expressly apply to public and media use of court facilities when judicial
proceedings are not in progress. This policy, which is consistent with Rule 122, is intended to address
this issue and provide guidance to the media and the judiciary when access is requested. This policy will
also foster further cooperation and understanding between the media and the court.