SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
MUNICIPAL COURT, COMPTON JUDICIAL DISTRICT
MEDIA PROCEDURES FOR THE COMPTON COURTHOUSE
These procedures are to ensure the security and efficient handling of cases
and events in the Compton Courthouse. No filming, photography or electronic
recording is permitted in the courthouse except as permitted in the courtroom
consistent with California Rules of Court, Rule 980, or in the courthouse
consistent with specific court rules or orders. These procedures have been
developed for the protection of all parties and are subject to modification
based on specific circumstances or wishes of an individual trial court judge
in the courtroom, or Superior Court South Central District supervising judge or
Compton Municipal Court presiding judge. Violation of these orders will
result in contempt of court or monetary sanction pursuant to Code of Civil
Law enforcement press passes or other recognized media credentials shall be
presented for inspection to Sheriff or Court personnel upon request before
bringing in media coverage equipment as defined m Local Court Rule 4.1 (h)¹
and using designated media areas.
Requests for media coverage as defined in Court Rule 4.1 (h) in courtrooms,
using the designated form under California Rules of Court, Rule 980, shall be
submitted to the trial judge.
Special requests for filming courtrooms, jury rooms or employee work areas
shall be made in writing and shall be made through the Los Angeles Superior
Court Public Information Officer five days before the proposed filming or
photographing is to occur, unless good cause is shown for shorter notice.
The request should include the amount of time needed to complete the
assignment. Time limits will be strictly enforced.
Media coverage as defined in Court Rule 4.1 (h) shall occur only
in the designated media area and not in any hallway or elevator outside of
the designated area. Hand-held audio tape recorders are permitted in the
courthouse outside of the courtroom, so long as they comply with paragraph
Designated media areas for media interviews as defined in Court Rule 4.1 (h),
press conferences and on-camera statements to the media are:
Cameras must shoot toward the wall in these designated areas.
4th floor - Southwest corner of the corridor.
5th floor - Southwest corner of the corridor.
6th floor - Southwest corner of the corridor.
9th floor - Northeast corner of the corridor.
10th floor - Southwest corner of the corridor.
11th floor - Southwest corner of the corridor.
12th floor - Northeast corner of the corridor.
Each designated area shall be posted with signs.
One television camera and one still camera shall serve as a pool for all
Equipment and devices used for media coverage as defined in Court Rule 4.1(h)
shall be turned off while being transported to the designated media area or
courtrooms unless otherwise permitted in writing by the supervising judge of
If audio recording is not permitted by the trial court judge, audio recorders
may still be taken into the courtroom so long as they are not turned on and remain
inside an enclosed case or bag, unless specifically prohibited by the trial
Media personnel shall not attempt to photograph or interview any juror
serving in the Compton Courthouse unless the juror has been excused from
further jury service. After a case is concluded, media may interview jurors
with their consent and in a designated area while in the courthouse.
At no time shall any grouping of people in any hallway, entrance or exit
become so large as to prevent normal movement of people. Any medai interview
that causes a hallway, entrance, or exit to be blocked shall be moved to the
outside of the courthouse.
||November 12, 1999
South Central District
Los Angeles Superior Court
||Ronald V. Skyers
Compton Municipal Court
¹ Local Court Rule 4.1(h). "Media coverage" means any photographing,
recording, or broadcasting of court proceedings by the media using television,
radio, photographic or recording equipment.