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a. electronic recording devices may only be used when a proceeding
is in session;
b. electronic recording devices must be turned off when a proceeding
c. electronic recording devices must not be left unattended in the
courtroom at any time; and
d. any audio recording must be destroyed once verification of notes
7. Members of the media should also consult the Court of Appeal’s Record
and Courtroom Access Policy, the Supreme Court’s Court Record Access Policy,
the Supreme Court’s PD 48 – Video Recording or Broadcasting of Court
Proceedings, the Provincial Court’s Access to Court Proceedings Policy, and
the Media Accreditation Process.
Permitted Use of Electronic Devices During Ceremonies Held at the Court of
Appeal, Supreme Court and Provincial Court
8. During ceremonies, family members and friends may take photographs
or record video images and/or audio for their personal use, provided
they do so in a way that does not interfere with others’
enjoyment of the ceremony and is consistent with upholding the dignity
and decorum of the Court. Such photographs, video images, and
audio recordings may not be posted on social media, nor used for publication
9. Accredited media wishing to take photographs or record video images
and/or audio during ceremonies to publish or broadcast immediately
or at a later date must apply to the Chief Justice or Chief Judge of the
respective court for authorization to do so.
10. The use of large cameras or other equipment that would obstruct lines
of sight for members of the public is not permitted.
Discretion of Judicial Officers
11. Nothing in this policy affects the authority of the presiding judicial officer(
s) to determine what, if any, use can be made of electronic devices
in a courtroom.
Publication Bans, Sealing Orders, Restrictions on Publication
12. Nothing in this policy alters the effect of a publication ban, sealing
order or other restriction imposed by statute or the court, limiting the
publication of information.