Personal Electronic Devices


U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee Local Rule on Personal Electronic Devices:

Unless the court orders otherwise, no photographic, recording, broadcasting, or telephonic equipment (including pagers) may be utilized in the courtroom during any judicial proceeding. Portable computers may, however, be operated in the courtroom in silent mode.



U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee Local Rule on Personal Electronic Devices:
LR83.1 Electronic Devices

(a) General Prohibition. Electronic devices are prohibited in courthouses beyond the security checkpoints except as allowed by this rule.

(b) Exception for tenants and contractors. The prohibition in paragraph (a) does not apply to the possession of electronic devices by employees and visiting employees of courthouse tenant agencies and contractors approved by the General Services Administration.

(c) Exception for Attorneys. Attorneys may bring cell phones, laptop computers and personal digital assistants into courthouses subject to the following limitations:

  (i) The attorney must enter into a written, signed agreement regarding the use of the device. The form for the agreement is set forth at the conclusion of this rule.
  (ii) Cell phones, including cell phones incorporated into another electronic device, may only be used in designated areas.
  (iii) Cell phones must be turned completely off (not just put in silent mode) when outside the areas designated for cell phone use.
  (iv) Wireless internet components of electronic devices must be deactivated when in district courtrooms.

(d) Greeneville Courthouse. At the James H. Quillen United States Courthouse in Greeneville only, agents employed by federal law enforcement agencies or officers assigned to or investigating federal criminal offenses as designated in writing by the United States Attorney's Office to the Office of the United States Marshal in Greeneville, Tennessee, shall be permitted to bring cell phones, pagers, or laptop computers into the courthouse, but not into any courtroom in the building.

(e) Photographing; Video and Audio Recording; and Video and Audio Broadcasting. No photographing, video or audio recording, or video or audio broadcasting other than by court personnel will be permitted on the floors of the courthouse occupied by the Court, except as otherwise permitted by order of a United States District, Magistrate or Bankruptcy Judge.

(f) Enforcement. Violations of this rule will result in the individual being required to remove the electronic device from the courthouse or confiscation of the device and may be reported to a judicial officer for appropriate action or other sanction, including but not limited to, revocation of the individual's privilege to bring electronic devices within the courthouse. Violations of any provision of the rule by an attorney inside a courtroom may result in revocation of the attorney's privilege to bring electronic devices into the courthouse, fines, or other actions deemed appropriate by the judicial officer.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee Personal Electronic Devices Agreement Form