Access to the Courthouse
All parties entering a federal courthouse must show a government-issued photo ID and must pass through a security screening. Acceptable forms of identification include official state or United States government issued identification such as a driver's license or passport. The only acceptable international identification is a government-issued passport with a current United States visa.
Contacting the Court
- The court is committed to providing public access to court dockets, filings, and proceedings.
- Debra D. Lucas, District Court Executive/Clerk of Court, is designated as the District’s Public Information Officer (PIO). Email is the preferred method of contact.
- Media personnel should not directly contact a judge’s chambers or Clerk’s Office staff when seeking information. All requests must be directed to the PIO.
- Neither the PIO or the judges of this court will discuss individual cases.
- All media personnel are expected to familiarize themselves and abide by the Court’s policies regarding contact with the court.
Court Rules Affecting the Media
The court has strict rules governing the use of electronic devices in the courthouse, photography and audio/video recording. Journalists planning to cover a proceeding in this court are expected to familiarize themselves with these rules.
Photography, Recording & Electronic Devices
There are very restrictive rules applicable to photography and recording of proceedings in federal district courts. Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 53 (F.R. Crim 53) bans photography and broadcasting in all criminal proceedings. In addition, U.S. Judicial Conference policy prohibits the broadcasting of civil or criminal proceedings in federal courts.
Local Rule of Civil Procedure 43.1(LRciv 43.1), which has been adopted in the District of Arizona, regulates the possession and use of electronic devices in all courthouses throughout the District. Members of the media are expected to read and follow the Local Rules of this Court.
Resources for Journalists