Cameras in the Courtroom Procedures

  1. In newly filed cases, parties will be notified of the opportunity to participate in the Pilot Program via the Order Regarding Initial Disclosures, Joint Status Report, and Early Settlement, or via a Notice from the clerk.  Parties should indicate their consent, or declination to consent, in the Joint Status Report, or by following the instructions on the Notice from the clerk.  For all eligible cases in which the parties have consented to participate in the Pilot Program:

a. A Notification of Request for Video Recording will be docketed by the clerk's office for each scheduled hearing.

b. Parties must complete a Party Response to Request for Video Recording within 5 days of receipt and email it to the assigned judge's courtroom deputyDo not e-file the Party Response.  All parties must submit a Party Response, which will not become part of the public record of the case.

  1. Any party to a case, the presiding judge, the media, or the general public may request that a proceeding in a civil case be video recorded by completing a Request for Video Recording and e-mailing it to Eric_Smits@wawd.uscourts.gov.  Such requests must be submitted no later than 20 days prior to the proceeding at issue.  Do not e-file the request.  The clerk will send a Notification of Request for Video Recording to the parties.  After receiving a request, parties must then submit a Party Response as described above.
  1. Once all parties have consented to the recording and the presiding judge has approved, or at least one party has declined, the Clerk's Office will docket a Notice Regarding Proposed Video Recording to inform the parties and the public of the outcome of the consent process (without disclosing individual parties' decisions about video recording).
  1. A party may request that a witness be exempted from video recording of a proceeding by e-mailing a Request to Exempt Witness from Video Recording to the assigned courtroom deputy.  Such requests must be e-mailed no later that 10 days prior to the proceeding at issue.
  1. After a proceeding is video recorded, it will be made available to the public via the U.S. Courts Cameras in Courts Video Player Website and this court's website, generally within 48 hours.  The presiding judge may decide not to release all or part of the recording.
  1. A list of recorded proceedings, along with a list of upcoming hearings to be recorded, can be found on our website.

Questions regarding these procedures should be directed to Lori Landis, Chief Deputy Clerk, at (206) 370-8483 or via e-mail to lori_landis@wawd.uscourts.gov.  Additional information about the Pilot Program can be found at the U.S. Courts Cameras in Courts Website.