June 22, 2015
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
This responds to your inquiry (15-136) asking whether you may allow a student to audio/video record an entire session of a court proceeding.
The Committee has previously determined that, subject to appropriate administrative approvals, a full-time trial court judge may permit an individual to film court proceedings, provided the judge will merely perform his/her regular judicial duties while being filmed, will not receive compensation, and will not allow the filming process to interfere with the court’s proceedings.
Enclosed, for your convenience, is Joint Opinion 11-154/11-155 which addresses this issue.
Very truly yours,
George D. Marlow, Assoc. Justice
Appellate Division, First Dept. (Ret.)