Schedule 1 - Standard conditions for film

1. Only one camera may be situated in the courtroom, regardless of how many people are given authority to film. It is recognised that a Judge on application might in special circumstances permit a second camera. In the event there is a dispute between those authorised to film as to whose camera will be situated in the courtroom, the Judge will rule.

2. The camera must be situated in a position approved by the Judge.

3. Any person wishing to instruct the camera operator during a court session must sit next to the camera operator and must give any instructions as unobtrusively as possible and in such a manner as not to interfere in any way with the running of the trial.

4. While the Judge is sitting in court for chambers or in closed court, no filming can take place.

5. No juror may be deliberately filmed and no publication may show the jury or juror.

6. Members of the public attending the trial must not be filmed in any way that could lead to their identification.

7. Counsel’s papers must not be filmed.

8. Exhibits must not be filmed without leave of the Judge.

9. Subject to any protection granted to the defendant as a witness under guideline 11 or 12, the defendant may be filmed only:

  1. when giving evidence;
  2. when sitting in the dock for the first 15 minutes of any sitting day, but not when, during that period, a verdict is being taken or a sentencing is underway; or
  3. at any time during the trial, including the time when the jury is taking a view or delivering its verdict, if the defendant consents in writing through his or her counsel or in person and the Judge does not prohibit such filming.

10. Filming of any party, witness, counsel or the Judge must not involve a close-up showing less than the head and shoulders of the person filmed, and must not focus on any particular feature of the person being filmed such as fingers, hands, mouth or eyes.

11. No filming can take place in court during sentencing or when the Judge is not present, except with prior leave of the Judge.

12. No filming can take place if the camera does not have an operator, and the camera should be switched off at all such times.

13. The media applicant and representatives of the media applicant must at all times conduct themselves in court with courtesy and decorum.

14. Film taken must not be published until at least 10 minutes have elapsed.

15. Despite clause 14, film taken may be published at any time:

  1. if the trial is an appeal; or
  2. on the taking of a jury’s verdict; or
  3. on a sentencing; or
  4. if it is the Judge’s summing up; or
  5. if the Judge grants leave.

16. The media applicant must maintain a copy of all publications or broadcasts using film taken in court or at a view for 10 years and must supply a copy to the court if requested by the Judge.

17. While the trial continues, film taken must not be published or used other than in the programme or on the website nominated in the application form. It cannot be made available to third parties without the Court’s permission.

18. Once the trial is over film or recordings may not be published or used, except by an applicant who received permission to film. Any other use can only be with the Court’s permission.

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