S. 410 (112th): Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2011

Feb 17, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Reported by Committee)
Charles “Chuck” Grassley
Senior Senator from Iowa
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This bill was introduced on April 7, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Feb 17, 2011
Referred to Committee Feb 17, 2011
Reported by Committee Apr 07, 2011
Full Title

A bill to provide for media coverage of Federal court proceedings.


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7 cosponsors (5D, 2R) (show)

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4/7/2011--Reported to Senate without amendment.
Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2011 - Authorizes the presiding judge of a U.S. appellate court or U.S. district court to permit the photographing, electronic recording, broadcasting, or televising to the public of court proceedings over which that judge presides, except when such action would constitute a violation of the due process rights of any party.
(1) a district court, upon the request of any witness in a trial proceeding other than a party, to order the face and voice of the witness to be disguised or otherwise obscured to render the witness unrecognizable to the broadcast audience of the trial proceeding; and
(2) the presiding judge in a trial proceeding to inform each witness who is not a party of the right to make such request.
Allows a presiding judge to obscure the face and voice of an individual if good cause is shown that photographing, electronic recording, broadcasting, or televising such features would threaten the individual's safety, the court's security, the integrity of future or ongoing law enforcement operations, or the interest of justice.
Prohibits a presiding judge from permitting the photographing, electronic recording, broadcasting, or televising of any juror in a trial proceeding, or of the jury selection process.
Terminates a district court's authority under this Act three years after enactment of this Act.
Authorizes the Judicial Conference of the United States to promulgate advisory guidelines to which a presiding judge may refer in making decisions regarding the management and administration of photographing, recording, broadcasting, or televising described in this Act.
Requires the Judicial Conference to promulgate mandatory guidelines which a presiding judge must follow for obscuring certain vulnerable witnesses.
Prohibits any audio pickup or broadcast of conferences which occur in a court proceeding between attorneys and their clients, co-counsel of a client, adverse counsel, or counsel and the presiding judge, if the conferences are not part of the official record of the proceedings.

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