A Guide to Missouri's Court Operating Rule 16
This guide is prepared by the Supreme Court's communications counsel for the convenience of the media, judges and court staff in using Court Operating Rule 16. The guidelines are based primarily on the rule and the commentary of the task force that studied the issue of allowing cameras in Missouri's courtrooms. All citations to Court Operating Rule 16 will designate the rule as "COR." The guidelines are not legal opinions and do not constitute authority for any conduct not specifically addressed by Court Operating Rule 16. The comments and suggestions contained in this guide should not be construed as legal advice for applying the rule or as an official legal opinion interpreting any part of the rule.
To the extent you have comments and suggestions regarding the language of Court Operating Rule 16 or its practical application in the courtrooms in Missouri, or if you wish to request printed copies of this guide, please contact:
Beth S. Riggert, Communications Counsel
Supreme Court of Missouri
Post Office Box 150
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3676
Cell: (573) 619-2849
Fax: (573) 751-7514
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- When is media coverage permissible?
- When may media coverage be terminated?
- When is media coverage prohibited?
- Who is the media coordinator?
What are the media coordinator's responsibilities?
- What are the responsibilities of the local media?
- How are media requests handled?
- How do courts handle media coverage at trial?
- How much equipment and how many reporters are allowed in the courtroom?
- What are the guidelines regarding media equipment?
- Does the court have to modify the courthouse or courtroom?
- Appendix A: Text and Commentary of Court Operating Rule 16