Open Court Proceedings

(Complete legal authorities and analysis in The CalAware Guide to Journalism Law in California)

General Rules

Civil Proceedings/California Courts

Constitutional Presumption of Openness
Statutory Presumption of Openness

Statutory Exceptions

Family Law Proceedings Subject to Closure
Conservatorship Proceedings Presumed Closed
Concealed Weapon Fitness Hearings Presumed Closed

Civil Proceedings/Federal Courts

Constitutional Presumption of Openness
Statutory Presumption of Openness

Criminal Proceedings/California and Federal Courts
Constitutional Presumption of Openness

Entire Trials
Portions of Trials
Jury Selection
Preliminary Hearings

Juvenile Court Proceedings/California

Dependency  Hearings Presumed Closed
Conditional Press Access

Delinquency Hearings Presumed Closed

Access in Most Serious Criminal Cases

Juvenile Court Proceedings/Federal

Delinquency Hearings Presumed Closed

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