CHAPTER 15: SPECIFIC PRESS ISSUES - Table of Contents
15.1 - Introduction • 15.2 - Access to Court Files, Staffs and Dockets • 15.3 - Crim. p. 35(b) Proceedings (Reconsideration of Sentence) • 15.4 - Crim. P. 35(c) Proceedings • 15.5 - Revocation Proceedings • 15.6 - Appeals to Federal Court • 15.7 - Appeals in Civil Cases
15.3 ACCESS TO COURT PROCEEDINGS
EXPANDED MEDIA COVERAGE
Canon 3(A)(7) and (8) of the Colorado Code of Judicial Conduct set forth in detail that which is required for expanded media coverage. The Colorado Code of Judicial Conduct can be found in the volume of the Colorado Revised Statutes that contains court rules. These sections, along with a local rule (Rule 11) further interpreting that canon, are reproduced in Section 15.7 below.
A request for expanded media coverage may generally be made for any proceeding at which the public is entitled to attend, except for pretrial hearings. This exception does not prohibit expanded coverage of advisements and arraignments. See Canon(A)(7)(c) for the specific limitations.
The request for expanded media coverage must be in writing as set forth in Canon (A)(7)(f)(I) and Local Rule 11. Rule 11 applies only to advisements (also known as the first appearance after arrest). For all other proceedings the written request shall be submitted at least one day prior to the day for which expanded media coverage is requested to begin. Copies of such request must be served on all parties. The better practice is to file the written request a week or more before trial. If this is not done, the Court hearing the matter may not have time to rule on the request. It is recommended that the media person review the applicable portion of Canon 3 to better comply with any request for expanded media coverage.
As stated above, court proceedings are open to the media and the public. If there is ever a question about a court proceeding not being public, a written request should be given to the judge's law clerk or division clerk requesting permission to be present. Depending on the nature of the issue or proceeding, the judge may request that your lawyer be present for a hearing. However, the initial request to be present may be presented in writing by the media person who wishes to raise the issue.
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