Commenting on Cases
The Judicial Branch does not comment on cases that could come before the courts; pending cases, litigation, and / or investigations; final rules and opinions; matters pending or concluded before the Judicial Standards Commission; and protected personnel information and documents.
Generally, judges should not make any public comments relating to cases they are presiding over while the case is pending and until all appeals are final. Under Canon 3A(6) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, judges are also not permitted to make public comments about the merits of any pending case in any other court, state or federal, if it involves a case or controversy arising in North Carolina or addresses North Carolina law. Canon 3A(6) also requires judges to encourage court personnel under their direction and control not to make such comments.
Use of cameras and electronic equipment in the courtroom is at the discretion of the presiding judge. Read Rule 15.1. Canon 3A(7) of the Code of Judicial Conduct provides that judges should exercise discretion in allowing broadcasting, televising, recording, or taking photographs in the courtroom and in the areas immediately adjacent to the courtroom during civil or criminal sessions, as well as during recesses between sessions. Judges have the discretion to close court regarding juvenile matters and court hearings that involve involuntary commitment matters that are not open to the public (See, G.S. 122C-267 and G.S. 122C-268).
Contacting the clerk of superior court or trial court administrator/coordinator is the best way to get approval to bring devices and equipment into the courtroom.
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