17th Judicial Circuit applies for permission to authorize extended media coverage
Chief Judge Joseph G. McGraw has announced that on April 6, the 17th Judicial Circuit Court submitted an application to the Illinois Supreme Court asking permission to authorize extended media coverage of trial court proceedings in Winnebago and Boone counties.
Jan. 24, Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride announced that the Illinois Supreme Court approved a policy for a pilot project to allow news cameras and electronic news recording in Illinois trial courts for the first time. The policy contains rules and procedures for extended media coverage including provisions as to prohibited court hearings, requests and notices, objections by parties and witnesses, and equipment placement and technical specifications.
The policy guidelines prohibit extended media coverage in juvenile, dissolution, adoption, child custody, evidence suppression or trade secret cases. Extended media coverage of jury selection, the jury and individual jurors is also prohibited under the policy.
The approved policy invites circuit courts in the state to apply for approval to participate as a pilot program site. Since the adoption of the policy, the Illinois Supreme Court has approved media coverage in Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside counties in the 14th Judicial Circuit, Kankakee County in the 21st Judicial Circuit, Madison County in the 3rd Judicial Circuit, and Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle and Stephenson counties in the 15th Judicial Circuit.
A copy of the “Policy for Extended Media Coverage in the Circuit Courts of Illinois” is available at the Supreme Court’s website at http://state.il.us/court.
Anyone seeking additional information may contact Trial Court Administrator Todd A. Schroeder at (815) 319-4806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the April 11-17, 2012, issue
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