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Does Alabama Court Allow Camera in the Courtroom?

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Aug 23 2018 11:21 PM

ALABAMA:    Does Alabama Court allow camera in the courtroom? The court proceedings should be public but apparently there are things people in power want to hide.

The more camera were in the courtroom the more fairness in the courtroom.

Rules of Alabama on camera in courtrooms.


Allows Cameras? No
Does Not Allow Cameras? No
Partial Allowance of Cameras? Yes
Audio or Video Webcast? No
Media Guide Available? No

Trial and appellate courtroom coverage is permissible if the Supreme Court of Alabama has approved a plan for the courtroom in which coverage will occur.  The plan must contain certain safeguards to assure that coverage will not detract from or degrade court proceedings, or otherwise interfere with a fair trial.  If such a plan has been approved, a trial judge may, in the exercise of “sound discretion” permit coverage if: (1) in a criminal proceeding, all accused persons and the prosecutor give their written consent and (2) in a civil proceeding, all litigants and their attorneys give their written consent.  Following approval of their coverage plans, appellate courts may authorize coverage if the parties and their attorneys give their written consents.  In both trial and appellate contexts, the court must halt coverage during any time that a witness, party, juror, or attorney expressly objects.  In an appellate setting, it must also halt coverage during any time that a judge expressly objects to coverage.


(1)   Canon 3A(7), 3A(7A), and 3A(7B), Alabama Canons of Judicial Ethics, Ala. Code, Vol. 23A (Rules of Alabama Supreme Court)

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