Welcome to the era of the Show Trial, where Courtroom access and direct reporting of criminal and civil trials are included in both news and entertainment media…
It’s called Rule 11, and you must certify with your media credentials to the Court that is handling the case(s) you wish to report on.
It’s best that you ask the Judge’s secretary for the appropriate procedure / forms / local and personal Court preferences of the Judge handling the case. Search for the Court’s website and you should find a staff contact page, or be prepared to personally visit the Court and seek staff assistance in-person.
Desperate for quick help? Easy – contact a Media Law attorney – these essential professionals can help shepherd your request through the correct forms and procedures to get your request for permission in the door as fast as possible. An attorney’s handling of your media request indicates to the Court that you mean business.
Here’s a Media Law attorney website for the Metro Atlanta area:
As this website mainly covers the Metro Atlanta and outlying areas, attorneys from other locales are always welcome to comment, and include in their comment a listing of their practice and what areas they serve. Approval takes about 24-72 hours.