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Cameras in the Courtroom

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri is one of fourteen districts nation-wide that have been selected for the Cameras in the Courtroom Pilot Project of the Judicial Conference of the United States. As a participant in this three-year pilot project, certain civil proceedings, subject to the approval of the presiding district judge and the parties involved, will be permitted to be captured by video recording by court staff and disseminated to interested media outlets through the court’s website. Overview of the Federal Judiciary’s Digital Video Pilot


To participate in the pilot, district courts were required to amend their local rules allowing a limited exception to the Judicial Conference ban on cameras and broadcasting of district court proceedings in civil cases. Such an amendment was adopted in the Eastern District of Missouri to Local Rule 13.02 permitting an exception to the Judicial Conference ban on recording.  All video recordings for the pilot project will be held in courtrooms 3 North or 12 South.


District courts participating in the pilot must follow guidelines promulgated by the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management (CACM).  CACM Pilot Guidelines


Questions regarding the Eastern District of Missouri’s participation in the pilot program should be directed to Joseph Vradenburg, at 314-244-7916 or e-mail moedml_camera@moed.uscourts.gov.





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