Assembly Bill A712

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Relates to audio-visual coverage of judicial proceedings; repealer

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Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee


  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2023-A712 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S160
Current Committee:
Assembly Judiciary
Law Section:
Judiciary Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld & add §218, amd §751, Judy L; rpld §52, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A1276
2013-2014: A730
2015-2016: A1818
2017-2018: A4934
2019-2020: A4216, S5039
2021-2022: A9592, S792

2023-A712 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to audio-visual coverage of judicial proceedings.

2023-A712 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                    712
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             January 11, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by M. of A. WEPRIN -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on Judiciary
 
 AN  ACT to amend the judiciary law, in relation to audio-visual coverage
   of judicial proceedings; and to repeal section 218  of  the  judiciary
   law and section 52 of the civil rights law relating thereto

   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 Section 218 of the judiciary law  is  REPEALED  and  a  new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. SUBJECT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE JUDGE OR JUSTICE PRESIDING  OVER
 THE  PROCEEDING  TO  EXERCISE  SOUND  DISCRETION  TO PROHIBIT FILMING OR
 PHOTOGRAPHING OF PARTICULAR  PARTICIPANTS  IN  JUDICIAL  PROCEEDINGS  TO
 ENSURE  SAFETY  AND THE FAIR ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE, AUDIO-VISUAL AND
 STILL PHOTOGRAPHY COVERAGE OF PUBLIC JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS IN THE  APPEL-
 LATE  AND TRIAL COURTS OF THIS STATE SHALL BE ALLOWED IN ACCORDANCE WITH
 THIS SECTION.
   2. EQUIPMENT AND PERSONNEL. THE FOLLOWING SHALL BE  PERMITTED  IN  ANY
 TRIAL OR APPELLATE COURT PROCEEDING:
   (A)  AT LEAST TWO COMPACT VIDEO CAMERAS, EACH OPERATED BY NO MORE THAN
 ONE CAMERA PERSON. ADDITIONAL PERMITTED CAMERAS SHALL BE WITHIN THE SOLE
 DISCRETION AND AUTHORITY OF THE JUDGE  OR  JUSTICE  PRESIDING  OVER  THE
 PROCEEDING.
   (B)  NOT  MORE  THAN  TWO STILL PHOTOGRAPHERS, USING NOT MORE THAN TWO
 STILL CAMERAS EACH.
   (C) NOT MORE THAN ONE  AUDIO  SYSTEM  FOR  RADIO  BROADCAST  PURPOSES.
 AUDIO  PICKUP FOR ALL MEDIA PURPOSES SHALL BE PROVIDED BY EXISTING AUDIO
 SYSTEMS PRESENT IN THE  COURTROOM.  IF  NO  TECHNICALLY  SUITABLE  AUDIO
 SYSTEM EXISTS IN THE COURTROOM, MICROPHONES AND RELATED WIRING ESSENTIAL
 FOR  MEDIA  PURPOSES  SHALL BE PERMISSIBLE PROVIDED THEY ARE UNOBTRUSIVE
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD01599-02-3
 A. 712                              2
              

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