Laptops, tablets now allowed in Indiana Supreme Court

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You now may use a laptop, iPad, and other tablets or computing devices inside oral arguments at the Indiana Supreme Court, so long as you get permission first, sit in the back row and keep it quiet.

Those are among the conditions the court set in a Jan. 23 order that for the first time allows use of personal computing devices in the courtroom. The court continues to prohibit using the devices to record audio or video during oral arguments. 

The order directs that anyone who wants to use a personal computing device must obtain authorization from the Supreme Court sheriff or designee at least 15 minutes before oral arguments begin.

“All audio sound features of the personal computing device must be turned off, and noise created by the use of the device, including but not limited to typing sounds, must be minimal and not distracting to others,” according to the order. “The Court may direct a person to cease using a personal computing device or to leave the courtroom if the person does not abide by this policy.”

Allowing laptops and handheld devices is contained in an order that also revises standards for electronic media and still photography, including procedures governing media access to the court’s high-definition video feed.



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