Rule 8.109 Mechanical Recording of Court Proceedings

(A) Official Record. Trial courts are authorized to use audio and video recording equipment for making a record of court proceedings. If a trial court uses audio or video recording equipment for making the record of court proceedings, it shall use only recording equipment that meet the standards as published by the State Court Administrative Office (i.e., the Standards for Digital Video Recording Systems, the Standards for Digital Audio Recording Systems), or analog equipment that the State Court Administrative Office has approved for use.

(B) Operating Standards. Trial courts that use audio or video recording equipment, whether digital or analog, must adhere to the audio and video recording operating standards published by the State Court Administrative Office.

(C) Other Recordings. On motion of an attorney or of a party appearing on his or her own behalf, a court may permit audio recording of a part or all of a proceeding and may permit photographic recording of visual exhibits. The court may regulate the manner of audio or photographic recording so that it does not disrupt the proceeding. An audio or photographic recording made under this rule may be used solely to assist in the prosecution or defense during the proceeding recorded; it may not be used publicly.