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Media Guidelines

Media agencies or personnel desiring media access to court events must familiarize themselves with Uniform Trial Court Rule 3.180.
Requests for permission to make audio, video, still photographic, or other electronic recording of a judicial proceeding must be made to the 6th Judicial District Trial Court Administrator a reasonable time in advance of the start of the proceeding. 
Equipment and Operators
·         Only one television camera and/or one still camera each with a single camera operator will be permitted in the courtroom.  Cameras and operators must be in designated locations.  No interviews may be conducted in the courtrooms. Public access areas outside the courtrooms are:
    • Umatilla County Courthouse in Pendleton: The landing at the stairs on the 2nd Floor.
    • Stafford Hansell Government Center in Hermiston: The waiting area just outside the front entrance. Where is this?
    • Morrow County Courthouse in Heppner: The landing at the top of the stairs on the 2nd Floor.
·         It is up to the judge, typically through their staff, to decide where cameras and microphones may be placed in the courtroom.  Each courtroom is different and judges differ on this so you must ask for assistance to determine camera placement prior to the day of the proceeding if requesting permission to film or otherwise record in the courtroom.
·         Equipment and camera operators must be in place prior to the court proceeding.  Equipment must not be installed, moved or removed from the courtroom while court is in session.  Camera operators may not move around the courtroom while court is in session.
·         No artificial lighting device of any kind may be used in the courtroom.
·         Members of the media must comply with the Uniform Trial Court Rules (specifically UTCR 3.180), Supplemental Local Rules (specifically SLR 3.181) and rules regarding decorum in court proceedings.   
·         News media must arrange any pooling of footage, photographs or audio among themselves.  The court will not participate in any pooling agreement or mediate in the event of disagreements about pooling arrangements.  Disagreements about pooling arrangements will not result in additional media equipment being allowed into the courtroom.   In the absence of agreement on pooling issues by persons seeking public access coverage, the judge may exclude any or all public access coverage.
  Limitations on Access
·         Never photograph jurors or even give the appearance of photographing jurors.  Media access coverage of jury selection (voir dire) is also prohibited.
·         There is no media access coverage of any conference or proceedings held in the chambers of a judge.
·         There is no media access coverage of any notes or conversations intended to be private including, but not limited to, counsel and judges at the bench (sidebar) and conferences involving counsel and their clients.
·         No media or public access coverage is allowed during court recesses.
·         Coverage of the following case types is not allowed:  Dissolution, juvenile, paternity, adoption, custody, visitation, support, mental commitment, trade secrets, abuse, restraining and stalking order proceedings; at the victim’s request, coverage of sex offense proceedings will be prohibited.
·         A judge may prohibit or terminate public access coverage for good cause (see UTCR 3.180).
Any violation of Oregon Uniform Trial Court Rule 3.180 may result in sanctions including but not limited to the termination of media coverage privileges and contempt of court.