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Use of Electronic Devices

The use of electronic devices in the Court of Appeal is subject to the direction or order of the presiding judge.

Use of Electronic Devices by the Public is Prohibited

Members of the public are not permitted to use electronic devices in the courtroom, unless the presiding judge orders otherwise.

Permitted Use of Electronic Devices by Authorized Persons

An authorized person may use an electronic device in silent mode and in a discreet and unobtrusive manner in the Court, unless the presiding judge orders otherwise. The use of an electronic device is subject to the following restrictions:
  • cannot interfere with courtroom decorum or otherwise interfere with the proper administration of justice.
  • cannot interfere with the Court recording equipment or other technology in the courtroom.
  • cannot be used to send publicly accessible live communication of any information that is subject to a publication ban or a witness exclusion order. Any authorized person or other person having received special permission who uses an electronic device to transmit only communication from the courtroom has the responsibility to identify and comply with any publication ban or other restriction imposed either by statute or court order.
  • cannot be used to take any photograph or video, unless the presiding judge has granted permission to do so.
  • only authorized persons are permitted to use an electronic device to make an audio recording of the proceeding, and such use is only for the purpose of note-taking. No audio recording may be sent from the device.
  • talking on an electronic device is not permitted in the courtroom. Phones shall not be answered, but may be set on vibrating mode, unless that operation interferes with court recording equipment or court proceedings.

Use of Social Media

An authorized person may use an electronic device to transmit information from the courtroom to a publicly accessible medium (e.g. via Twitter, Facebook, or live blog).

Text Messaging

Other members of the public who wish to transmit text-based communication may apply to the judge, through the court staff, for permission to do so.

In determining whether to permit live text-based forms of communication by other members of the public, the Presiding Judge will consider whether it might interfere with the proper administration of justice.

 

Sanctions
Any person who uses an electronic device in a manner inconsistent with this policy or in contravention of any order that the Presiding Judge determines to be unacceptable may be subject to one or more of the following sanctions:

i) a direction to turn off the device;
ii) a direction to leave the courtroom;
iii) a citation and prosecution for contempt of court;
iv) prosecution for any violation of a publication ban, sealing order, or other restriction on publication;
v) other order of the court
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