CURRENT NEWS>>>>>>A man charged with first degree murder has been released from Broward County Jail, even though a judge ordered he be held without bond.Eric Alexander Vail had been in the jail since January, charged with the October shooting death of Wadarius Harris 27, of Miami. He was originally arrested on a second degree murder charge, but a grand jury indicted him and a suspected accomplice, Christopher Avery Campbell 29, with first-degree murder in April.>>>>>Another Broward Judge Facing JQC Ethics Charges-The state Judicial Qualifications Commission charged Broward Circuit Judge Ernest Kollra while campaigning that he had received a Democratic group’s endorsement and telling the Sun Sentinel editorial board his party affiliation>>>>>>>Fort Lauderdale Florida-“FBI, Open The Door!” Federal authorities arrested Roger Stone before dawn Friday at his Fort Lauderdale home>>>>>>>>>>>> The JQC, on Thursday December 13, 2018, filed ethics charges against Broward Circuit Judge Dennis Daniel Bailey, alleging he violated five rules of judicial conduct by losing his temper with attorneys in a felony criminal trial in April of 2018>>>>>>>>>>Broward Clerk of Court Files Malicious Prosecution Against Local Blogger-Broward County Clerk of the Court, Brenda Forman earlier this month filed a Petition for Protection Against Domestic Violence, more specifically “Stalking“, against courthouse blogger and attorney, William (Bill) Gelin. Gelin publishes the JAABlog.>>>>>>>>>>>Broward Sex Crime Prosecutor Gets Off-Broward County Assistant State Attorney Stacey Honowitz will not face prosecution for stealing beauty products from an Aventura Publix.--------Did this 30 year Broward prosecutor receive preferential treatment from the Miami-Dade State Attorneys Office?-------AMENDMENT 4 PASSED------- Starting January 09, convicted felons that have completed their sentences, and not convicted of murder or a sex crime, can now register to vote in Florida!------- Former Broward Judge Agrees To Five Year Suspension By Florida Bar-On Thursday October 04, The Florida Supreme Court gave their official approval of the PETITION FOR APPROVAL OF CONDITIONAL GUILTY PLEA FOR CONSENT JUDGMENT-John Contini Disbarred, Effective Immediately-------Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Avoids Meeting with Broward Judges->>>>>>>Why did the chief judge cancel?- “An implied warning for judicial “leakers” to a blog that only wants to make them look bad, and a confirmation that the Chief Justice cancelled his trip to avoid a circus after the announcement appeared on the blog.”>>>>> No more excuses. Now you can Register to Vote Online in Florida. TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA– Register to Vote Online-The Florida Department of State today announced the upcoming launch of RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov, the state’s new online voter registration website that offers Florida residents another way to register to vote or update an existing registration that is convenient, secure and easy-to-use.>>>>>>--Read his story here------------>>>>





RECORDING COURT HEARINGS Photo courtesy Erin Nealey, via Flickr
RECORDING COURT HEARINGS Photo courtesy Erin Nealey, via Flickr

We’ve had quite a few people ask us the question;

“Can I record my court hearing in Florida with my smart phone or a small video camera?”

The answer surprisingly is yes in most cases in Florida state courts, although it still is prohibited in federal trial courts in Florida.

For more than two decades, cameras have been allowed in Florida courtrooms.

Subject to clearly defined rules, cameras may be excluded from Florida state courts only after an evidentiary finding that their presence would have a substantial effect on a trial participant.

Trial participant could be a defendant, or maybe even a witness. If it’s a jury trial, you will not be allowed to capture any of the jurors.

This substantial effect must be qualitatively different from the effect on members of the public generally and from that of coverage by other types of media.

Camera coverage is usually objected to by criminal defendants who claim the coverage violates their constitutional rights. Claiming that media coverage would make them appear guilty to the jury.

So if you are a defendant in a criminal case, you should be able to video record your own hearing or trial. You’re the defendant, and you certainly are not objecting.

To view the full article with more information on this subject, go to our website. Click Here!

Links to State by State Guide for all fifty states. Included here are the most current policies from each state, with links to relevant resources and complete details.



Florida is one of the most liberal when it comes to cameras in the courtroom.

Resources include The Reporters Handbook-Cameras in the Courtroom, published by The Florida Bar, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration-Rule 2.450- Technological Coverage of Judicial Proceedings, Link to The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNA), and more.

RTDNA is the nation’s leading advocate of opening courtrooms at all levels to electronic media coverage and works with newsroom and court leaders across the country to develop clear and fair rules to allows journalists and judges to best serve the people.

For more complete information, go to our website page;