Court Spokeswoman Nancy Volmer said, "It is a historic day for the courts in Utah, opening its doors to broadcast media."
Even just last week, it was still cameras only. Now news organizations throughout Utah can capture every moment with our cameras. Just like most of the country.
Volmer said, "We were in the bottom third of states allowing access to the courts, and as of today we are in the upper tier."
The only exception can come from the judge, if they feel someone needs protecting.
Volmer said, "They can not approve the broadcast media being in there."
The Utah judicial council made the change after reviewing a year long study of technology in the court room.
Volmer said, "When we have done public surveys, the more people know about the courts the more they have confidence in the courts."
Another major change comes for people inside the court room, you can now use cell phones to text message or send out twitter messages. However, taking pictures on those cameras is strictly prohibited.