cameras in the courtroom

CIC Coordinators (By Judicial Circuit) and Duties

Duties of the CIC Coordinator

1. The VPA coordinator must act impartially in making arrangements with the court, show no favoritism to the photographer's employer and no antagonism toward any competitor. Moreover, the coordinator must look out for the interest of all pool participants, especially newspapers who do not belong to a news service.

Photography Rules

1. Appropriate dress required. For men, a coat and tie, no jeans, sneakers or hats. For women, a business suit or a dress, no jeans, sneakers or hats.

2. No distracting sounds should be permitted. Not more than one still photographer, using not more than two still cameras with not more than two lenses for each camera and related equipment shall be permitted in the courtroom. Flash equipment cannot be used in any courtroom. A request by the presiding judge for demonstration of he equipment must be fulfilled.

Pool Eligibility and Access

1. By law, the VPA is the governing body for still photographers. Only Virginia newspapers and news services are eligible for pool participation. In all cases, local photographers have priority over out-of-town media for pool access. In cases with statewide interest, photographers who regularly cover Virginia are considered "local."