Electronic Devices Policy

Attorneys appearing before the court and serving as counsel of record and law enforcement officers are allowed to enter the courthouse with a cell phone, pager, smart phone, smart watch, laptop or tablet (hereinafter referred to as personal electronic devices) without seeking permission from the Chief Judge or any other judicial officer. While in the courtroom or chambers the use of personal electronic devices is limited to accessing the calendar feature, provided the judge has so directed. Attorneys and law enforcement officers seated in the courtroom may not use personal electronic devices.

The permission to bring personal electronic devices into the building is subject to the following sanction: Any personal electronic device which rings or makes any other noise in the courtroom, chambers or in the hallways outside of a courtroom shall be subject to seizure and shall not be returned to the owner.

Use of audio and video recording functionality in the courthouse is strictly prohibited.