The Iowa Supreme Court last
Wednesday (April 2) approved amendments to the Iowa Court Rules for Expanded
News Media Coverage (ENMC). The changes affect Court Rule 25 regulating
audio and video recording and photography of courtroom procedures.
The amendments broaden
the court's definition of news media and allow for live electronic reporting,
such as tweeting and blogging, from the courtroom by members of the news media,
with advance approval from the presiding judge. The amendments to Chapter 25 of
the Iowa Court Rules and the new forms accompanying chapter 25 are effective
May 1, 2014.
The updated rules are the product of
a 10-month review by a 15-person supreme court advisory committee consisting
of Iowa judges, attorneys and members of the media.
the full release and see the amendments and new forms here.