The Dispatch ran an article this morning about the Southern District of Ohio participating in a national pilot program allowing district court judges the option of allowing parties to take video of civil proceedings. The Court’s General Order regarding the pilot can be found here. Judges Gregory Frost, Michael Watson, and Edmund Sargus will allow civil proceedings to be videotaped (with the exception of jurors) if all parties agree. The article features the following quote from CBA member, Mark Landes:
Lawyers are very conservative and afraid and like to control what’s going to happen at trials…. I think lawyers will object. But they’re also showoffs and maybe that will counterbalance the ‘fraidy-cat’ part.
So, if you and your clients are not “fraidy-cats,” and you have a videotaped trial in federal court, let us know about it.
(Ed. note: Bryan Faller contributed information that appears in this post.)