Supreme Court authorizes pilot project on court broadcasts

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court has authorized a pilot project for cameras to be allowed in five trial courts starting in December for broadcast coverage. The project also allows for rebroadcasting of any live-streamed proceeding with approval from the judge.

The Indiana Code of Judicial Conduct (Rule 2.17) prohibits judges from allowing court proceedings to be broadcast. Under the pilot project, the Court will permit the following trial courts an exception to Rule 2.17:

Allen Superior Court (Criminal) — Judge Frances Gull

Delaware Circuit Court 1 — Judge Marianne Vorhees

Lake Superior Court, Civil 7 — Judge Bruce Parent

Tippecanoe Circuit Court — Judge Sean Persin

Vanderburgh Superior Court — Judge Leslie Shively

Also, any live-streamed proceeding, regardless of judge, may be rebroadcast with approval from the judge.

The four-month pilot is limited to news media and is under the discretion and authorization of the trial court judge. Courtroom decorum and several conditions must be maintained for the media coverage and are detailed in the order. Permission must be requested 48 hours in advance and be in writing on a court-provided form.

The broadcast pilot project was developed in conjunction with the Hoosier State Press Association and the Indiana Broadcasters Association under the direction of the Community Relations Committee and the Court Security Committee.