2007 Regular Session


File Code: Criminal Law - Procedure
Sponsored By:
Delegates Smigiel, Dwyer, George, Jennings, Jones, McComas, McDonough, Myers, Riley, Shank, and Sossi
Criminal Procedure - Cameras in the Courtroom - Criminal Sentencing Hearings


Repealing a prohibition against recording or broadcasting a criminal sentencing hearing; establishing specified requirements for a media organization's request to provide media coverage of a criminal sentencing hearing; requiring the clerk of court to provide notice to specified parties; providing specified factors that a presiding judge may consider; authorizing the presiding judge to grant or limit a specified request to provide media coverage; prohibiting a presiding judge from granting specified requests for media coverage; etc.

History by Legislative and Calendar Date

House Action
First Reading Judiciary
Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
Senate Action
No Action

Sponsored by:

Delegate Michael D. Smigiel, Sr., District 36
Delegate Donald H. Dwyer, Jr., District 31
Delegate Ronald A. George, District 30
Delegate J. B. Jennings, District 7
Delegate Adrienne A. Jones, District 10
Delegate Susan K. McComas, District 35B
Delegate Pat McDonough, District 7
Delegate LeRoy E. Myers, Jr., District 1C
Delegate B. Daniel Riley, District 34A
Delegate Christopher B. Shank, District 2B
Delegate Richard A. Sossi, District 36

Bill indexed under the following Subjects:

Clerks of Court
Courts -see also- Circuit; Appeals; District; Orphans'; etc.
News Media
Public Information
Recordings -see also- Video
Sentences -see also- Death Penalty

Bill affects the following Statute:

Criminal Procedure
( 1-201 )


Bill Text (Displayed in PDF Format): First Reading, Third Reading, Enrolled
Fiscal and Policy Note (Displayed in PDF Format): Available
Amendments: None offered