United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Phyllis J. Hamilton, Chief Judge

Susan Y. Soong, Clerk of Court

Cameras in the Courtroom Procedures

  1. Anyone may request that a proceeding in a civil case be video recorded by completing a Request for Video Recording and emailing it to cameras@cand.uscourts.gov. Such requests must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the proceeding at issue. Do not e-file the request.
    1. Requests for video recording may be submitted only in civil cases in which the presiding judge is participating in the Pilot Program (List of Participating Judges).
    2. Only one request per proceeding will be processed; once a Notification of Request for Video Recording has been docketed, no further requests to record the proceeding will be processed.
  2. Upon receipt of a request for video recording, the Clerk’s Office will docket a Notification of Request for Video Recording, which sets a deadline for all parties to complete a Party Response and email it to cameras@cand.uscourts.govDo not e-file the Party Response; it will not become part of the public record of the case. 
  3. Once all parties have consented to recording, or at least one party has declined, the Clerk’s Office will docket a Notice Regarding Proposed Video Recording to inform the presiding judge, the parties and the public of the outcome of the consent process (without disclosing individual parties’ decisions about video recording).
  4. A party or non-party witness may request that a witness be exempted from the video recording of a proceeding by filing a Request to Exempt Witness From Video Recording and emailing a copy of the request to cameras@cand.uscourts.gov. Such requests must be filed and emailed no later than 10 days prior to the proceeding at issue.
  5. After a proceeding is video recorded, it will be made available to the public via the U.S. Courts Cameras in Courts Video Player Website (www.uscourts.gov...), unless the presiding judge decides not to release all or part of the recording.

Questions regarding these procedures should be directed to Chief Deputy of Operations Kathleen Shambaugh at 415-522-2003 or via email. Additional information about the Pilot Program can be found at the U.S. Courts Cameras in Courts Website (www.uscourts.gov...).