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Electronic Devices

Personal electronic devices, including but not limited to tablets, cameras, phones, or laptop computers, whether capable of transmitting or recording or not, must not be used or possessed in any courthouse of this District. Upon entry to a courthouse and upon demand, all such devices are subject to security screening and screening for compliance with Local Rule 1.3(d). Devices not subject to an exception must be left with court security officers.

Exception - Attorneys. L.R. 1.3(d)(2)(C)
Attorneys appearing before the court in a calendared matter, including scheduling conferences, may use personal electronic devices that are not disruptive or distracting. Use must be limited to purposes related to the appearance. Personal electronic devices may not be used to communicate publicly about the case. Photography, video-recording, and verbatim recording are prohibited. Audible rings or alarms are prohibited. In courtrooms, voice communication using personal electronic devices is prohibited. In sealed proceedings, personal electronic devices may not be used for communication. An attorney may authorize an employee to use a device in compliance with this paragraph, but the attorney is exclusively responsible for the employee’s conduct.

Exception - Medical Devices. L.R. 1.3(d)(2)(F)
Persons who rely on personal electronic devices for medical reasons may use their devices. Photography and video-recording are prohibited.

Exception - Naturalizations or Investiture Proceedings. L.R. 1.3(d)(2)(G)
By written order, a judge may authorize use of personal electronic devices in administrative proceedings and photography or video-recording on ceremonial occasions, such as naturalization or investiture proceedings.