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Personnel who fall under the provisions of the Massachusetts SJC Rule 1:19: “Electronic Access to the Courts” and are accredited pursuant to that Rule.
Device capable only of recording images.
Personal Electronic Device (PED)
Any device capable of communicating, transmitting, receiving, or recording messages, images, sounds, data, or other information by any means including but not limited to a computer, tablet, cell phone, or blue-tooth device.
Judge presiding over the session.
This policy supersedes the memorandum titled “Policy on Clothing, Cameras and Cellular Telephones,” dated January 9, 2006, issued by the Chief Justice for Administration and Management, and should be read consistent with SJC Rule 1:19. Where there is a conflict, SJC Rule 1:19 shall control. This policy is intended to ensure a safe and secure environment for court staff and the public and to ensure that court business is conducted in an orderly and efficient manner. Courthouse policies prohibiting the possession and use of PEDs shall be administered by the Security Department.
The possession and use of cameras and PEDs in the courts can pose a security risk to court staff, counsel, witnesses and the public, as well as permit the improper audio/video recording of proceedings contrary to Massachusetts law. See G.L. c. 272, § 99(C)(1). Some examples include using cellular communications for the purpose of intimidating or inciting retribution against trial participants, taking photographs of jurors, witnesses, counsel or undercover agents to intimidate or cause harm to these individuals or jurors.
In general, a presiding judge will work with a Chief Court Officer to address issues that arise in a courtroom or courthouse regarding the use of cameras or PEDs. Unusual requests or circumstances may require consultation with a First Justice or Regional Administrative Justice, the Director of Security, or the SJC Public Information Officer, depending on the nature of the situation and whether it is a single occurrence or ongoing issue.
Requests for approval of photographic or video recording must be coordinated with Security to avoid the unintentional compromise of security systems, practices or designs as well as the confidentiality and decorum associated with judicial proceedings.