Phones, other electronics now allowed in courtrooms

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Recently the Michigan Supreme Court made a change in policy, allowing the public to bring electronic devices into courtrooms and county clerk offices.

The rule change covers the use of laptops, cellphones and tablets for purposes of texting, using the internet and taking notes.

However, people still are not allowed to capture pictures, or audio and visual recordings, without permission from the court.

"This rule change basically recognizes that phones aren't just for making calls anymore. Most people have calendars on there, or they need them to communicate. You can generally text someone, if you're not in the middle of a court proceeding, without disrupting court,” said Circuit Court Judge, Jennifer Mazzuchi.

Mazzuchi adds that judges do reserve the right to take permission away if the electronic device becomes disruptive.

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