In the interests of informing the public, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit welcomes media coverage of legal matters coming before the court.
In almost all cases, oral arguments before an appellate panel are open to the press and public. In certain high-profile cases, the court may reserve courtroom seating for the media. Reporters should contact the court to determine whether reserve seating is available.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is one of two federal appellate courts to regularly allow still and video cameras and audio recorders in the courtroom for purposes of reporting on the proceeding. Rules pertaining to use of these devices are explained in the court's "Guidelines for Photographing, Recording and Broadcasting in the Courtroom," which is included with the "Camera Request Form" shown below.
Opinions and memorandum dispositions are posted on this web site and generally appear by 10 a.m. PT each weekday. Opinions may be posted later in the day as determined by the court. The court uses an electronic case filing (ECF) system, which makes docket information and other documents available via the Internet. A PACER account will be necessary to access these files.
For more information about PACER, the acronym for Public Access to Court Electronic Records, click here.
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