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Los Angeles Superior Court

Los Angeles County

Contact: Public Information Office 213-974-5227

Public Information Officer: Allan Parachini



July 2, 2009


Details for Media Coverage of

Michael Jackson Probate Hearing

(BP117321), Monday, July 6, 2009


Reporters planning to cover the probate hearing in the Michael Jackson matters on Monday, July 6, 2009 should arrive at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse by no later than 7:45 a.m. Due to the high volume of media representatives, late comers will lose their places on the existing seating list and will not be able to claim their seats.

Please report to Room 222 on the second floor of the courthouse. Use the entrance at 111 N. Hill St., which opens normally at 7:30 a.m. Other courthouse entrances may open later.

Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff denied media requests for still and video photography of the hearing. Courtroom sketch artists will be allowed. Use of personal recorders is also prohibited, even for note-taking purposes. The hearing will be in Dept. 5, room 236.

Reporters will be permitted to use laptops and personal electronic devices, such as BlackBerrys, to email and/or text information during the hearing. However, the audio and image-capturing features MUST be turned off at all times. These devices must be held horizontally, at lap level.

Room 222 is also going to be used as an overflow room to accommodate those who couldn’t get into the courtroom. There will be a live closed circuit audio and video feed from the hearing in Department 5.

Electronic equipment, such as PDAs, BlackBerrys, laptops and cell phones will not be allowed in the overflow room. They must be turned off and put away.

The audio and video feed will not be available and may not be recorded. Reminders:

  • Any news conferences following the hearing will be held outside on the Grand Avenue side of the courthouse.
  • Reporters are strongly urged not to conduct interviews in the hallways.
  • Noise must be kept at a minimum so it does not disturb court business. The second floor is a very busy family and probate law center. It is routinely highly congested.
  • Photography or videotaping of any kind is forbidden in courthouse hallways and public spaces, except for designated media areas, where cameras must face the wall.



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