Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate To President Became Law
01/16/2020          

Eyes on the Courts Act of 2020

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01/19/2020 Introduced in House Open
01/16/2020 Introduced in House Open

            


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5645


To provide for media coverage of Federal appellate court proceedings, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 16, 2020

Mr. Nadler (for himself, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Quigley, and Mr. Connolly) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To provide for media coverage of Federal appellate court proceedings, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Eyes on the Courts Act of 2020”.

SEC. 2. Media coverage in Federal appellate court proceedings.

(a) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) PRESIDING JUDGE.—The term “presiding judge” means the judge presiding over a proceeding in an appellate court of the United States. In proceedings in which more than one judge participates, the presiding judge shall be the senior active judge so participating or, in the case of a circuit court of appeals, the senior active circuit judge so participating, except that—

(A) in en banc sittings of any United States circuit court of appeals, the presiding judge shall be the chief judge of the circuit whenever the chief judge participates; and

(B) in en banc sittings of the Supreme Court of the United States, the presiding judge shall be the Chief Justice whenever the Chief Justice participates.

(2) APPELLATE COURT OF THE UNITED STATES.—The term “appellate court of the United States” means any United States circuit court of appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

(b) Media coverage of court proceedings.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The presiding judge in a proceeding of an appellate court of the United States shall permit the photographing, electronic recording, audio-visual coverage, broadcasting, televising, or streaming in real time or near-real time on the internet of that proceeding to or for the public, unless—

(A) the presiding judge determines in writing, on the motion of any party to the proceeding or sua sponte, that allowing such photographing, recording, broadcasting, televising, or streaming would violate the due process rights of a party to the proceeding or is otherwise not in the interests of justice; and

(B) the determination under paragraph (1) is published at least 72 hours before the proceeding begins.

(2) INTERLOCUTORY APPEALS BARRED.—The determination of a presiding judge under paragraph (1)(A) may not be challenged through an interlocutory appeal.

(3) GUIDELINES.—The Judicial Conference of the United States may promulgate guidelines with respect to the management and administration of photographing, recording, broadcasting, televising, or streaming described under paragraph (1).

(4) PROCEDURES.—In the interests of justice and fairness, the presiding judge of each appellate court of the United States may promulgate rules and disciplinary measures for the courtroom use of any form of media or media equipment and the acquisition or distribution of any of the images or sounds obtained in the courtroom. The presiding judge may also require written acknowledgment of the rules by anyone individually or on behalf of any entity before being allowed to acquire any images or sounds from the courtroom.

(c) Effective date.—This Act shall apply with respect to any proceeding in an appellate court of the United States that begins on or after the end of the 90-day period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.


Picture Name From Date Type
Jerrold Nadler D-NY 01/16/2020 Sponsor
Greg Stanton D-AZ 06/25/2020 Cosponsor
Janice Schakowsky D-IL 06/25/2020 Cosponsor
Mike Quigley D-IL 01/16/2020 Cosponsor
Eleanor Norton D-DC 06/25/2020 Cosponsor
Gerald Connolly D-VA 01/16/2020 Cosponsor
Steve Chabot R-OH 01/16/2020 Cosponsor
Date Branch Action
01/16/2020 President Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.Action By: House of Representatives
01/16/2020 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
Summary
There is one summary for H.R.5645. View summaries Shown Here:Introduced in House (01/16/2020) Eyes on the Courts Act of 2020 This bill requires U.S. appellate courts to permit the photographing, recording, broadcasting, televising, or streaming of court proceedings unless the presiding judge determines that doing so would violate the due process rights of any party to the proceedings or is otherwise not in the interests of justice.
Shown Here:Introduced in House (01/16/2020) Eyes on the Courts Act of 2020 This bill requires U.S. appellate courts to permit the photographing, recording, broadcasting, televising, or streaming of court proceedings unless the presiding judge determines that doing so would violate the due process rights of any party to the proceedings or is otherwise not in the interests of justice.
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