Utah Courts could soon allow video cameras

Posted at 5:32 PM, Aug 10, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-10 20:14:07-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Judicial Council is considering changing the rule banning electronic media, including cameras, inside the state's district court proceedings.

Council member Jeff Hunt was on the committee, chaired by Supreme Court Justice Jill Parrish, assembled to write new rules about cameras in courts.

“The presumption would mean that in any open court proceeding, electronic media would be [allowed],” said Hunt.

The proposed rule gives judges discretion, especially in some particular situations:

“Photography of jurors of minors, of victims, if the judge had concluded that it might invade the privacy interest of a victim,” said Hunt.

The court’s policy and planning committee and the Judicial Council are taking public comments through August 24.

Public comments can be posted on the Utah State Courts’ site by clicking HERE.