Have you ever looked at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals electronic devices policy?
If you're a member of the bar or the media, everything's A-O-K. If you're Joe Schmo trying to get a glimpse of the appellate court at work, you're S-O-L.
The general policy states, “Visitors may keep an electronic device (e.g., cell phone, laptop, iPhone, iPod, MP3 player, etc.) in the courthouse and annex if the device does not have a camera (still or video) or is not capable of recording audio.”