California law allows accredited news organizations to videotape/photograph court proceedings in the Superior Court if permitted by the judicial officer handling the case. Each judge or commissioner has discretion whether to allow a camera in his or her courtroom.
California Rule of Court 1.150 relates to media coverage of courtroom proceedings. "Media coverage" means any photographing, recording, or broadcasting of court proceedings by the media using television, radio, photographic, or recording equipment. "Media" or "media agency" means any person or organization engaging in news gathering or reporting and includes any newspaper, radio or television station or network, news service, magazine, trade paper, in-house publication, professional journal, or other news-reporting or news-gathering agency.
For more information refer to: Rule 1.150. Photographing, Recording, and Broadcasting in Court
How to file a Media Request and Order to Photograph, Record or Broadcast in the Courtroom - Forms and Process
- Complete the Media Request and Order forms
- Present completed forms to Court Administration located at 221 S. Mooney Blvd, Rm. 303, Visalia Ca 93291. In the alternative, completed forms may be scanned and emailed to: Administration@tulare.courts.ca.gov
- The judicial officer presiding over the case will make the decision regarding allowing cameras in the courtroom.