MSC and COA: More visibility?

A proposed amendment of Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 1989-1 would expand the standards for allowing film or electronic coverage of MSC and Michigan Court of Appeals proceedings.

Under the proposal, a new section, AO-1981(2)(b) would provide the following:

(2) (b) In the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

(i) Film or electronic media coverage shall be allowed upon request in all court proceedings except for good cause as determined under MCR 8.116(D). Requests by representatives of media agencies for such coverage must be made in writing to the clerk of the particular court not less than three business days before the proceeding is scheduled to begin. A judge has the discretion to honor a request that does not comply with the requirements of this subsection. The court shall provide that the parties be notified of a request for film or electronic media coverage. An order denying permission to film or otherwise provide electronic media coverage must state with particularity the reasons for the denial.

(ii) A judge may terminate, suspend, limit, or exclude film or electronic media coverage at any time upon a finding, made and articulated on the record, that good cause requires such action or that rules established under this order or additional rules imposed by the judge have been violated.

(iii) If a judge terminates, suspends, limits, or excludes film or electronic media coverage, the person who requested permission to film or otherwise provide for electronic media coverage may appeal that decision to the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. If the Chief Judge affirms the judge’s decision, the requester may appeal by leave to the Supreme Court.

Refer to ADM Fine No. 2011-09 for information on how to submit comments concerning the proposal. The comment period closes Oct. 1.

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