S.554 - A bill to allow media coverage of court proceedings.108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 03/06/2003)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 05/22/2003 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 107. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.554 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced in the Senate on March 6, 2003. The summary of that version is repeated here.)
Reported to Senate without amendment (05/22/2003)
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.
Directs: (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 his or her right to make such request.
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.