E.D. Tenn. L.R. 83.1. ELECTRONIC DEVICES
(a) General Prohibition. An individual may not possess an electronic device beyond the security
checkpoints within any of the courthouses of this judicial district, except as allowed by this
rule. For purposes of this rule, "electronic device" means any portable, electrical-powered device
capable of sending or receiving a wireless signal; storing, sending, or retrieving electronic data;
or having computing capability.
(b) Exception for Court Employees, Law Enforcement Agents, Tenants and Contractors. The
prohibition in paragraph (a) of this rule does not apply to the possession of electronic devices
(i) court employees;
(ii) agents employed by federal law enforcement agencies or officers assigned to or investigating
federal criminal offenses upon presentation of their credentials;
(iii) employees and visiting employees of courthouse tenant agencies; and
(iv) contractors approved by the General Services Administration.
(c) Exception for Attorneys. An attorney must execute and comply with an agreement in the form
attached hereto as Appendix IV and must submit the executed agreement to the local United States
Marshal’s Office and Court Security Officers prior to the attorney’s possession and use of any
electronic devices within the courthouse. Once an attorney has executed and submitted the
agreement, an attorney and his or her assistants may bring electronic devices into the courthouse,
and may use such electronic devices as follows:
(i) Authorized attorneys and their assistants may use electronic devices in courtrooms provided
that each device is operated silently; is not used for voice communication, photography, or audio
or video recording; and is not used in a manner that will disrupt any courtroom proceeding. For
example, the ringing of a wireless telephone in a courtroom during court proceedings is considered
(ii) Authorized attorneys and their assistants may use electronic devices anywhere in the
courthouse so long as such use does not disrupt courtroom or other official proceedings.
(d) Exception for Jurors. Any seated petit or grand juror may bring electronic devices into the
courthouse during his or her service subject to the following limitations:
(i) Jurors may only use electronic devices for non-court purposes during breaks.
(ii) Electronic devices should be turned off or silenced and stored in designated receptacles
when not in use.
(iii) Electronic devices are not allowed in the courtroom.
(e) Photographing; Video and Audio Recording; and Video and Audio Broadcasting. Individuals,
other than court personnel, are prohibited from using electronic devices while in the courthouse to
capture photographs, record audio or video, or broadcast audio or video recordings, unless
otherwise permitted by order of a United States District, Magistrate or Bankruptcy Judge.
(f) Enforcement. A violation of this rule will be reported to a judicial officer for appropriate
action or other sanction, including but not limited to the confiscation of the device, the violator
being required to remove the electronic device from the courthouse, or revocation of the violator's
privilege to bring electronic devices into the courthouse. Violations of any provision of this rule
by an attorney inside a courtroom may result in the imposition of a fine, revocation of the
attorney’s privilege to bring electronic devices into the courthouse, or other action deemed
appropriate by the judicial officer.
(g) Judicial Discretion. Any presiding judge may modify these procedures or suspend any person’s
privilege granted by this rule at any time for any reason.
I agree that my possession of any electronic devices beyond the security checkpoints within
courthouses of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee will be in
strict compliance with the provisions of E.D. Tenn. LR 83.1 and this Agreement. I further agree
that I will not, while on court premises, allow anyone else to use any electronic device that I
bring or cause to be brought into a district courthouse except in compliance with E.D. Tenn. LR
83.1. I acknowledge that I have read and understand E.D. Tenn. LR 83.1.
I understand that any violation of this Agreement may result in the loss of my privilege to bring
electronic devices into any district courthouse, fines, or other appropriate action, including
confiscation of the device.
I understand and agree that United States Deputy Marshals and Court Security Officers may enforce
this Agreement, E.D. Tenn. LR 83. 1 and any other applicable rules and orders of the Court
governing use of electronic devices and may confiscate the device if they, in their discretion,
determine that: (1) there has been a violation of this Agreement, the foregoing rules, or any other
applicable rules and orders of the Court governing use of electronic devices; or (2) use of the
electronic device could pose a threat to courthouse security.
I understand and agree that the Court may terminate this Agreement and my use of electronic devices
under this Agreement without notice for any reason and in its sole discretion.
I will provide the United States Marshal's Office and Court Security Officers with a signed copy of
this Agreement prior to my initial use of any electronic device pursuant to E.D. Tenn. L.R. 83.1.
Copies of the foregoing agreement are available on the Court's website and from the
United States Marshal's Office and Court Security Officers.