Sunday, September 19, 2021
Notice Regarding Press and Public Access to Court Hearings


Coronavirus (COVID-19) In-Person and Remote Attendance Rules


"Our Court is attempting to do its part in containing the virus affecting our country," said Chief United States District Judge Denise Page Hood. "We are doing this by limiting the number of large groups that regularly appear in our court while still protecting the constitutional rights of citizens in our community. Our goal is to keep the public and our employees as safe as possible."

In-Person Attendance Rules

Remote Attendance Rules

  • If you are interested in accessing our remote hearings, please view our information on how to find and access case connection information.
  • Preparing to Participate in a Remote Video Conference
  • Any recording of a court proceeding held by video or teleconference, including "screenshots" or other visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited.
  • Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court-issued media credentials, restricted entry to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary by the court. Members of the press and the public are also expected to mute their phones during telephonic hearings and to not disrupt proceedings in any manner.
  • Local Rule 83.32( (e)(2): "Taking photographs or video recordings in connection with any Judicial Proceeding... and the recording or broadcasting of Judicial Proceedings by radio or television or other means is prohibited."