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.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is utilizing a new automated process for posting opinions and memorandum dispositions to the court’s website, which uploads them immediately as they are filed in each case rather than manually all at once at a designated time. Except for immediate filings that may happen at any time of day (about which the court will continue to alert the press by email), opinions will generally continue to be filed and posted between 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. Pacific Time, and by no later than 1 p.m. Pacific Time each day. With this new process, the court will no longer be posting a notice that no opinions will be filed on a particular day. You can sign up here for an RSS feed that will alert you to the posting of opinions and dispositions as they are filed and posted.