Thursday, July 9, 2009

Michael Jackson Probate hearing -- 7 09 09.



July 9, 2009




Details for Media Coverage of

Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. Et Al Guardianship Hearing (BP117319) Monday, July 13, 2009


Reporters planning to cover the guardianship hearing in Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. Et Al matter on Monday, July 13, 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 have later opening times.

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.
  • 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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