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Electronic Devices in the Courthouse


By vote ofthe Board of Judges of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, effective January 2, 2008, attorneys presenting appropriate verification of bar membership will be permitted to enter the courthouses of the Eastern District ofNew York in possession of Personal Digital Assistants ("PDAs"), laptop computers and cellular telephones. In all courtrooms cellular telephones must be in the off position and PDAs and computers must be off or rendered "silent." This administrative order does not limit in any way the authority of a district judge or magistrate judge to curtail the presence or use of such devices as circumstances may warrant. In accordance with the Local and General Rules of the Court, photographs, video and audio recordings in the courthouse at any time are strictly forbidden. Violations of this order may result in court imposed sanctions, including but not limited to fines and forfeiture of the privileges hereby extended.