Supreme Court authorizes cameras in courtrooms for National Adoption Day

The Indiana Supreme Court has once again authorized the use of cameras and recording devices in Indiana’s courtrooms to celebrate National Adoption Day proceedings this fall.

This year, National Adoption Day is November 18. The courts will be open “on or about” that date to audio and video coverage of certain uncontested adoption proceedings in Indiana trial courts. Members of the media and family members will be permitted to use audio, video and electronic recording devices to document the proceedings and capture the adoption events in their families.

The Supreme Court first opened the courts to audio and video coverage of National Adoption Day in 2012, when courts in Allen, Henry and Starke counties allowed media coverage of special adoption ceremonies. The broadcasting policy has continued in various Indiana counties each year, including adoption ceremonies in Marion County last November.

Judges who wish to participate in National Adoption Day broadcasting this year can register through the Indiana Supreme Court’s Office of Communication, Education and Outreach, and must also confirm the consent of the parties to the adoptions.

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