Thursday, October 06, 2011

Federal Court in Boston to Announce New Rules on Cameras and Coverage Today

The chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, Mark L. Wolf, will meet with members of the news media today to announce two new initiatives with regard to coverage of the court. According to an announcement from the court, Judge Wolf will discuss the following:
  • Cameras in the courtroom. Effective Oct. 17, 2011, the court will become one of 14 pilot courts to participate in a three-year study of the use of cameras in the courtrooms for civil cases in which the parties have consented to recording. The recordings will be made publicly available on
  • Virtual Press Box. The judges of the court have approved expanded access to the court’s electronic case filing system (ECF) by approved holders of a media ID issued by the court. Upon approval of an application for a Virtual Press Box (VPB), the holder will be able to obtain a “read only” ECF account and receive email notification of all activity in cases he or she may choose to follow.

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