Communication Devices

W.G. Soden, Registrar 25 March 2014

Mobile phones, tablets, cameras and other recording equipment in Federal Court facilities and Courtrooms   

On Court premises:

Audio and video recording and transmission and the use of cameras, mobile phones, tablets or other equipment to take photographs is prohibited on Court premises without express approval.

During a hearing:

  • The use of mobile phones or other devices such as tablets or laptops must not cause a disturbance.
  • Recording of the hearing, including for the purpose of making any transcript, is strictly prohibited.
  • Any direction made by the Court concerning the use of any communication or recording device must be complied with.

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in the deletion of any unauthorised photographs or recordings and confiscation of the device whilst on Court premises.
For more information please see Rule 6.11 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 and Section 17 of the Court Security Act 2013 (Cth).