Friday, January 21, 2005

Mississippi Supreme Court amends camera coverage rules

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Dec. 9 announced court rules for cameras covering judges discretion in the application of technical coverage limitations and eliminating a repealer.

The Mississippi Rules for Electronic and Photographic Coverage of Judicial Proceedings have been in effect since July 1, 2003. The rules had been set to expire Dec. 31, 2004. The court removed the repealer.

A revision was made to Rule 4 (a), which deals with restrictions on the location of electronic equipment during court proceedings and prohibitions against certain equipment.

A revision to Rule 4 (f) gives individual judges the discretion to waive the pool requirement for electronic coverage. A judge may still elect to impose the pool requirement.

Rules 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 are unchanged. These rules apply to the Mississippi Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, chancery courts, circuit courts and county courts. The rules do not apply to justice courts and municipal courts.

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