senate Bill S5039

2019-2020 Legislative Session

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

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to judiciary
Apr 04, 2019 referred to judiciary

S5039 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4216
Current Committee:
Senate 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
2017-2018: A4934
2021-2022: S792, A9592

S5039 (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.

S5039 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5039 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  5039

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 4, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed 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 Section 218 of the judiciary law  is  REPEALED  and  a  new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
TELEVISION, RADIO, RADIO AND TELEVISION NETWORKS, NEWS SERVICES, NEWSPA-

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

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