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Media Requests to Film or Photograph

 

REQUEST TO FILM OR PHOTOGRAPH COURT PROCEEDINGS

To photograph or film inside a courtroom, you must obtain written permission from the judicial officer assigned to the proceeding. To request permission to film or photograph:
 
1. Complete form MC 500 (Media Request to Photograph, Record, or Broadcast), and
2. Complete form MC-510 (proposed Order on Media Request to Permit Coverage), and
3. Submit the forms to the judicial officer presiding over the proceeding five court days before the proceeding, unless good cause is shown.  You may submit your paperwork by emailing the the Executive Office at MediaRequest@alameda.courts.ca.gov. (Executive Office staff will forward the request to the department).
 
You may call the courtroom clerk directly to find out the judicial officer’s decision on the request. Clerks’ phone numbers are available on the Judicial Assignments list.
 

REQUEST TO FILM OR PHOTOGRAPH COURT FACILITIES 

Permission to film or photograph a court proceeding DOES NOT extend to hallways, empty courtrooms, or other areas of the court. Media outlets wishing to capture or record such spaces must obtain permission from the presiding judge. Email the Presiding Judge at MediaRequest@alameda.courts.ca.gov.
  • Exteriors.  Court facilities are public spaces and media may record in front of courthouses. However, at no time may any person or thing impede an individual from entering or exiting any court building.
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  • Other.  Requests to film or photograph the detention area at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse should be directed to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.


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