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Sunday, April 6 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
How Utah Journalists Helped Create New Access Rules for Video Cameras and Other Digital Tools Inside State Trial Courts

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Utah has been stuck in the dark ages when it comes to camera access to Utah's trial courts. For decades, only still cameras were allowed in trials, even high-profile ones. Utah courtrooms were consistently ranked among the least accessible in the United States. That all changed dramatically in April 2013 when new rules began to allow television cameras, radio recording equipment and personal electronic devices — laptops, smartphones, tablets and so on — in trial court proceedings, That is unless a judge has a good reason to ban any or all of those devices beforehand. The story of how journalists and First Amendment attorneys convinced the Utah Judiciary to become a leader on access and also how Utah broadcast journalists are providing self-governing rules and implementation is an important one. It also provides a model to help convince other state court administrators that moving to access-friendly policies benefits the public and court operation. It would also review how the courts and news organizations are using technology to coordinate coverage.
Moderator: Edward Carter, Brigham Young University
Panelists: Joel Jay Campbell, Brigham Young University
Chad Curtis, Brigham Young University
Jeffrey J. Hunt, Utah Media Attorney, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
Nancy Volmer, Public Information Office, Utah State Courts



Sunday April 6, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Pavilion 1

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