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Media Inquiries

Information Related to the Public Docket

Media should first refer to PACER for information related to the public docket.

If you cannot find your answer on the public docket, you may contact one of the four Clerk's Offices located in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, or Marquette.

* Note that Deputy Clerks may only provide the media with a copy of a public document or information from the public docket, which can normally be found on PACER.

Inquiries beyond this should be referred to the Clerk of Court or Chief Deputy Clerk by emailing


Access to Court Proceedings

Members of the press who present official credentials satisfactory to the U.S. Marshals Service, are permitted to carry and use electronic devices within the federal court facilities.  Refer to Administrative Order 19-RL-009 on the designated areas for use of electronic communication devices.  All electronic devices must be turned off while in the courtroom.

"Electronic communication devices" are defined in the Local Rules as cellular telephones, laptop computers, and other communication devices capable of transmitting data, video or audio electronically using cellular, wireless, or other means.

Per LGenR 4.1(c) recording of any proceeding is prohibited.  In addition, the taking of photographs or audio or video recordings is also prohibited.


Additional Resources

Federal Court: Media Basics - Journalist's Guide