assembly Bill A4934

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Authorizes the use of audio-visual equipment in courtrooms; repealer

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Jan 03, 2018 referred to judiciary
Feb 06, 2017 referred to judiciary

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A4934 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Judiciary
Law Section:
Judiciary Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld & add §218, Judy L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A1276
2013-2014: A730
2015-2016: A1818
2019-2020: A4216
2021-2022: A9592

A4934 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Authorizes an experimental program in which presiding trial judges, in their discretion, may permit audio-visual coverage of civil and criminal court proceedings, including trials.

A4934 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4934

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 6, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. WEPRIN -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. CAHILL,
  GALEF, QUART, WRIGHT -- read once and referred  to  the  Committee  on
  Judiciary

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  judiciary  law,  in  relation  to  audio-visual
  recordings in the courtroom; to repeal section 218 of such law  relat-
  ing  thereto;  and  providing  for  the repeal of such provisions upon
  expiration thereof

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  218  of  the judiciary law is REPEALED and a new
section 218 is added to read as follows:
  § 218. AUDIO-VISUAL COVERAGE  OF  JUDICIAL  PROCEEDINGS.  1.  AUTHORI-
ZATION.    NOTWITHSTANDING  THE  PROVISIONS  OF SECTION FIFTY-TWO OF THE
CIVIL RIGHTS LAW AND SUBJECT TO THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS  SECTION,  THE
CHIEF JUDGE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE MAY AUTHORIZE
AN  EXPERIMENTAL  PROGRAM  IN  WHICH  PRESIDING  TRIAL  JUDGES, IN THEIR
DISCRETION, MAY PERMIT AUDIO-VISUAL COVERAGE OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL COURT
PROCEEDINGS, INCLUDING TRIALS.
  2. DEFINITIONS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:
  (A) "ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE" SHALL MEAN THE ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE OF EACH
JUDICIAL DISTRICT; THE ADMINISTRATIVE  JUDGE  OF  NASSAU  COUNTY  OR  OF
SUFFOLK  COUNTY; THE ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE OF THE CIVIL COURT OF THE CITY
OF NEW YORK OR OF THE CRIMINAL COURT OF THE CITY OF  NEW  YORK;  OR  THE
PRESIDING JUDGE OF THE COURT OF CLAIMS.
  (B)  "AUDIO-VISUAL COVERAGE" SHALL MEAN THE ELECTRONIC BROADCASTING OR
OTHER TRANSMISSION TO THE PUBLIC OF RADIO OR TELEVISION SIGNALS FROM THE
COURTROOM, THE RECORDING OF SOUND OR LIGHT IN THE  COURTROOM  FOR  LATER
TRANSMISSION  OR REPRODUCTION, OR THE TAKING OF STILL OR MOTION PICTURES
IN THE COURTROOM BY THE NEWS MEDIA.
  (C) "NEWS MEDIA" SHALL MEAN ANY NEWS REPORTING OR NEWS GATHERING AGEN-
CY AND ANY EMPLOYEE OR AGENT  ASSOCIATED  WITH  SUCH  AGENCY,  INCLUDING

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.