Rule 8.115 Courtroom Decorum; Policy Regarding Use of Cell Phones or Other Portable Electronic Communication Devices

 (A) Display of Flags. The flags of the United States and of the State of Michigan must be displayed in a conspicuous place adjacent to the bench at all times when court is in session.

(B) Judicial Robe. When acting in his or her official capacity in the courtroom, a judge shall wear a black robe.

(C)   Establishment of a Policy Regarding Portable Electronic Communication Devices.

(1)   A facility that contains a courtroom may determine use of electronic equipment in nonjudicial areas of the facility.

(2)   The chief judge may establish a policy regarding the use of cell phones or other portable electronic communication devices within the court, except that no photographs may be taken of any jurors or witnesses, and no photographs may be taken inside any courtroom without permission of the court. The policy regarding the use of cell phones or other portable electronic communication devices shall be posted in a conspicuous location outside and inside each courtroom. Failure to comply with this section or with the policy established by the chief judge may result in a fine, including confiscation of the device, incarceration, or both for contempt of court.