Policy on Public and Media Access - Reference Card*
1. General Policies
- Proceedings are generally open to the public and media (except pre-trial or dispute resolution conferences, or cases where a specific exception applies).
- Laptops, Blackberries and similar devices may be used in the courtroom for note-taking or electronic communication, so long as they do not cause any disturbance.
- Cell phones, pagers and similar devices may be brought into the courtroom but must be set on silent mode and not used for voice communication.
2. Access to Court Documents and Information
3. Recordings and Photographs
Journalists with valid media credentials may tape-record proceedings to verify their notes. (Counsel and members of the public must seek permission of the presiding judge).
Requests to record or photograph Court facilities or proceedings for broadcast or publication, or to conduct interviews on Court premises, should be directed to the Executive Officer on reasonable notice. Requests will be communicated to the Chief Justice, who will consult with the presiding judge. The Executive Officer will make the logistical arrangements.
No recordings may be made of conversations between counsel and clients, or between counsel and the presiding judge.
* This Reference Card has been prepared for the convenience of the public, the media and Court staff. It is to be read in conjunction with the Court’s complete Policy on Public and Media Access.