Thursday, July 16, 2009

Michael Jackson guardianship hearing July 20

Los Angeles Superior Court

Los Angeles County

Contact: Public Information Office 213-974-5227

Public Information Officer: Allan Parachini



July 16, 2009



Details for Media Coverage of

Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. Et Al Guardianship Hearing (BP117319) Monday, July 20, 2009


Reporters planning to cover the guardianship hearing in Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. Et Al matter currently scheduled for Monday, July 20, 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. There is no need to re-register if you already have your organization on the list. Please don’t call the Public Information Office if you are already on the list.

On Monday, 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 have later opening times. Hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Our office has no information as to who is going to appear.

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.

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 feature MUST be turned off at all times. These devices must be held flat, 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. The audio and video feed will not be available and may not be recorded. 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. Reminders:

  • Any news conferences following the hearing will be held outside on the Grand Avenue side of the courthouse.
  • 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.


A conference call between the judge and the attorneys is scheduled for tomorrow, July 17, 2009 at 3 p.m., but it is expected to be off the record and in chambers.


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