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Frequently Asked Questions - Media
Can I arrange to bring TV cameras into the courthouse to film a naturalization ceremony?
All requests to film or photograph naturalization ceremonies must be submitted via email to the attention of Debra D. Lucas, no later than the Wednesday immediately prior to the ceremony. Your request must include the names of the individuals who will be attending the ceremony, what type of footage will be captured (video or photographs), and how the picture or video will be used. Please note, if you wish to interview new citizens and their families, you must do so outside of the courthouse.
Can I get a booking photo "mug shot" of an arrested individual?
The Court does not maintain photos of individuals appearing in our Court. We suggest you contact the arresting agency for this information.
Can I sign up to receive email bulletins about the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona?
The Court maintains several listserv email lists. The emails cover topics such as changes to the court rules, new forms, and the like. They do not address individual cases in any way. These are self-subscribed and unsubscribed. Click here to sign up for email updates.
How can I find documents and other information in a particular case?
Case related information is available electronically via the Judiciary's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. You can register for this access by visiting www.pacer.gov. Otherwise, you may contact our Customer Services department for assistance by calling 602-322-7200.
I'm planning to attend a high-profile hearing. Do I need to do anything special to be sure I get a seat?
All proceedings are open to members of the public and the media. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. You may enter the building as early as it opens to the public and wait outside the courtroom to assure a spot.
I've heard there is a hearing on a particular date and time. How can I confirm that it's still on calendar?
Information regarding scheduling of a hearing will be posted to the docket when the date is set by the Court. Please check PACER for updates. Weekly calendars are posted on our website and are available by clicking on the header titled Calendars. TIP: the letters at the end of the case number are the judge's initials. Search for these initials on the list of judges' calendars to identify the judge in the case, then open that judge's calendar.
May I attend a proceeding that is held telephonically?
Most telephonic conferences held in the courtroom are open to the public. Telephonic conferences held in chambers are not open to the public or media.
Where can I get general information about federal courts?
The United States District Court for the District of Arizona is one of 92 federal courts in the United States and is completely separate and distinct from courts in the state court system. For more information about federal judges, juries and the federal court system, we suggest you visit the United States Courts website.