United States District Court, W.D. North Carolina
D. WHITNEY, CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
matter is before the court on its own motion to establish
uniform policy regarding lap top computers; cell phones;
pagers; personal digital assistants (PDA) or other electronic
devices being brought into all federal courthouses in the
Western District of North Carolina in conjunction with Local
Civil Rule 83.3.
of the general public may NOT bring any electronic devices
into the courthouses but may secure such devices in the
storage lock boxes provided in the lobby of each courthouse
for that purpose. All such items must first be screened by
the United States Marshal Service or a Court Security
not allowing their electronic devices to be screened shall
not be allowed to bring such device into the building.
Clerk shall provide the United States Marshal and all Court
Security Officers with a copy of this Order.
ORDERED on behalf of the entire Court this day of December,
new Rule is modeled on the United States Supreme Court's
attorney discipline rule, but certain arcane language in the
Supreme Court rule was modified and procedural protections
were explained in greater depth. Violations of Court orders
and rules are covered in Section (b), For the rare case where
attorney discipline becomes an issue, the new Rule is
intended to provide a skeletal procedure that is compliant
with Due Process and efficient administration of
83.3 USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND CAMERAS IN THE COURTHOUSE
Broadcasts, Photography, and Use of Cameras during Court
Photography and Electronic Recording Prohibited. The
taking of still or moving photographs and/or the audio
recording of any Court proceedings in the courtroom or in the
corridors immediately adjacent thereto, during the progress
of judicial proceedings or during any recess, is prohibited.
Such prohibition includes, but is not limited to, the
transmittal or sound recording of such proceedings for
broadcast by radio, television, internet, and social or any
Exceptions for Ceremonial and Educational
Proceedings. Ceremonial proceedings, such as
administration of oaths of office, presentation of portraits,
investitures, and similar occasions, may be photographed,
broadcast, or televised from the courtroom with the
permission and under the supervision of the Court. Seminars
conducted in the courtroom, such as Continuing Legal
Education seminars, may also be recorded and broadcast by the
program sponsor under the Court's supervision.
Naturalization Proceedings. During Naturalization
Proceedings, participants, spectators, and the media may
bring cameras and cell phone cameras into the courthouse and
use such devices during the ceremonies. Such devices are,
however, subject to screening by a United States Marshal or
Court Security Officer.
Cell Phones, Computers, and Other ...