Electronic Devices in the Courthouse

Portable electronic devices are allowed inside the Fairfax County Courthouse, subject to regulations:

  • Approved portable devices may be used inside courthouse common areas.
  • Even these approved devices may not be used in courtrooms for any purpose, unless expressly authorized by the presiding judge.
    • Photography, video and audio recording, and/or other audio or video transmission from inside the courthouse is strictly prohibited without written permission of the court.

Acceptable portable electronic devices include:

  • Laptop computers
  • Tablet computers
  • Mobile telephones (including phones with cameras, audio and video recording, and transmission capabilities)
  • Electronic calendars
  • E-book readers

All other cameras, video cameras, video recording equipment and recording devices that are not considered a portable electronic device are prohibited beyond the courthouse entry area. Prohibited photographic and video recording equipment may be permitted with prior written approval from an active 19th judicial circuit or district judge.

Jurors and court personnel are subject to additional restrictions and guidelines. View the full court order (PDF) for more information, or call 703-691-7320, TTY 711, for more information. 


In this video , Circuit Court Chief Judge Bruce White explains what electronics are permitted and how they can be used.

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