Instructions for Submitting Form 22—

Application Requesting Permission to Broadcast, Televise, Photograph or Record Courtroom Proceedings

The First District Court of Appeals has adopted Form 22 to process requests for media coverage of courtroom proceedings. Such requests are governed by Local Rule 22. The full text of the rule is reproduced below and can be found here.

Form 22 may be submitted to the Court in two ways:

1. Form 22 may be submitted to the Court by providing it directly to the Court Administrator, in-person or via electronic mail.

  • In-Person submissions: can be dropped off at the Court’s Administrative Office located at 230 E. Ninth St., 12th Floor Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Attn: Julie Kahrs Nessler
  • E-mail Submissions: Form 22 may be submitted directly to the Court Administrator, Julie Kahrs Nessler, by e-mailing the form to and cc:

2. Form 22 may be also be submitted to the Court by filing it in the case in which the applicant seeks to broadcast, televise, photograph, or record. The form may be electronically filed, or it may be filed in-person at the Clerk of Courts Office, located at 230 E. Ninth St, Suite 12100 Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

  • The Hamilton County Electronic Filing System can be found here.
  • Please note: even if Form 22 is filed, a courtesy copy must also be provided to the Court Administrator in-person or via electronic mail. (See instructions above)

Click here for Form 22.

Rule 22 Media Coverage of Court Proceedings

(A) Application

Consistent with Sup.R. 12, requests for permission to broadcast, televise, photograph or otherwise record Court proceedings that are open to the public as provided by Ohio law, shall be made in writing to the judge presiding over the proceeding. The application may be filed in the case or provided to the Court Administrator. If the application is filed, the applicant must also provide a courtesy copy of the application to the Court Administrator. Further instructions for the submission of the application are on the Court’s website [].

The judge presiding at the hearing or oral argument, or in that judge’s absence any member of the panel, shall grant the request for broadcasting, televising, recording or taking photographs in court proceedings open to the public, if the judge determines that to do so would not distract the participants, or impair the dignity of, or otherwise materially interfere with, the proceedings.

The written application and order of the judge granting or denying such application shall be made part of the record of the proceedings.

Requests shall be made on a form “Application Requesting Permission to Broadcast, Televise, Photograph or Record Courtroom Proceedings” available on the Court’s website and in the appendix of forms.  Applications shall be made as far in advance as possible but not less than 2 business days prior to the proceedings to be recorded. The judge may waive advance notice for good cause.

(B) Restrictions

(1) In order to preserve confidentiality, publication of the names and identities of juveniles, victims of sexual offenses, and/or individuals in matters under seal, the presiding judge of the panel may direct that the recording, by whatever method, either not be made, or be made in such a manner as to assure that such publication does not occur.

(2) The provisions of Sup.R. 12 shall apply, except that not more than one portable camera (television, videotape, or movie) with one operator or more than one audio system in the courtroom shall be permitted. Arrangements for the “pooling” of equipment shall be made as set forth in Sup.R. 12.

(3) Media representatives shall at all times conduct such activity in a manner whereby the participants shall not be distracted or the dignity of the proceedings impaired.

(4) The presiding judge may revoke the permission to broadcast, record, or photograph any proceeding for the failure of any media representatives to conduct themselves accordingly or for failure to comply with Sup.R. 12.