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PROTOCOL FOR MEDIA COVERAGE OF COURT PROCEEDINGS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
FOR ALL MEDIA REQUESTS CONTACT :
Tammy Jackson
Communications Office
Email: tjackson@courts.state.nh.us
Phone or Text: (603) 475-9218

 

UPDATED 07/29/20

In light of CDC guidance on the spread of COVID-19 and social distancing precautions, the Judicial Branch has decided that remote monitoring and recording of court hearings continues to be the safest method by which media outlets can inform the public about court proceedings. The Branch is mindful of the importance of media access to public court proceedings during the pandemic. In our continuing effort to serve the public, we have updated the protocol to accommodate the media, including photographers and videographers, so that they may attend hearings in person or via remote access, subject to the procedures and protocols outlined below.

Pursuant to  Supreme Court Orders , in person courtroom proceedings are restricted to attorneys, parties, witnesses, security officers, and other necessary persons, as determined by the trial judge.

The Superior Courts now offer media access to all non-confidential proceedings via the WebEx platform. Media can refer to the Daily Dockets for case information and must contact the Communications Office to request access. More information regarding this process, as well as technical tips are available on the printable document Videoconferencing Etiquette and Technical Tips.
Any media outlet that seeks access to a District Court proceeding must contact the Communications Office to make arrangements for telephonic access.

Any media request for in-person attendance at court proceedings, including photographers and videographers, must contact the Communications Office to make arrangements.  After taking into account the number of parties, counsel, staff and other necessary persons, the presiding judge will determine if the courtroom has sufficient space to allow media attendance while satisfying social distancing guidelines. Any media permitted access must satisfy the COVID-19 screening requirements at the entrance to the courthouse, practice social distancing, and wear a facial covering.

The Communications Office will continue to work with the media for access to proceedings on a case to case basis, assist in gathering case documents and information, and will continue to post high profile case documents to our Frequently Requested Cases page on the court’s website.

 

 

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