Rules of the Supreme Court Of Wyoming

General Information

  • Date Created: 07/02/1957
  • Date Effective: 12/01/1957

NOTE: Rules 4-15, 18-20 and 24 as originally adopted were abrogated with the adoption of the Wyoming Rules of Appellate Procedure. Original Rules 3 and 22 were repealed. The remaining rules have been renumbered consecutively.

Text of Rules

Rule 1.
Public sessions; terms; business hours; open hearings.
 
(a) Public sessions of the court during each regular term shall be held at the Supreme Court and Library Building at the capital of Wyoming, commencing at 9:00 a.m., unless otherwise specially ordered in stated cases.
 
(b) Each term shall be deemed open and continue until the commencement of the next succeeding term.
 
(c) The court shall be open during all business hours for the filing of papers and documents, the hearing of cases, the rendering of decisions and the making of orders and rules; provided that, unless the court shall order otherwise, all hearings shall be held in open court after such notice to the parties or their counsel as the court shall deem reasonable. Hours for the electronic filing of documents shall be established by the Wyoming Rules of Appellate Procedure.
 
(d) If a case which has been designated as confidential is to be argued before the Court, before the argument begins, the clerk of court shall ensure that the courtroom has been cleared of all persons who are not parties, counsel for parties, Court staff personnel, or otherwise permitted to attend.
 
(Amended November 14, 2014, effective January 14, 2015.)
Rule 2.
Clerk of court.
 
The clerk of the court shall keep an office at the Supreme Court and Library Building and shall not practice as an attorney or counselor in this or any other court while holding such position. The clerk shall have the custody of the seal and all records (including electronic records), books and papers pertaining to the court and the proceedings therein. The clerk shall keep a record of all proceedings of the court, and for this purpose shall keep a journal, an appearance docket, a roll of the attorneys admitted to practice in the court showing the date of their admission, and records of the filing of applications for admission to the bar and the proceedings thereon. The clerk shall record in the journal as they occur the orders, judgments and other proceedings of the court which are proper to be recorded therein. The clerk shall enter each case upon the appearance docket in the order in which it is commenced or filed, numbering the cases consecutively. At the time of the commencement or filing of a case, the clerk shall enter on the appearance docket the full names of the parties, except in confidential cases, where the parties’ initials should be used. The clerk shall note on the docket the names of counsel then appearing, or shown by the papers on file, and thereafter, whenever they appear, the name or names of other counsel. The clerk shall note under the case so docketed at the time the same occurs the filing of the various papers, the issuance of any process, the orders made in the case, the fees and taxation of costs, and whenever any fees are paid or advanced the amount and date thereof and the party paying or advancing the same, and such other proceedings, if any, as may be necessary from time to time to show the condition of the case. Whenever a decision is rendered the clerk shall promptly give notice thereof by United States mail, electronic mail, and/or telephone call to an attorney on each side and to the judge who presided over the proceedings subject to review.
 
(Amended December 22, 1965, effective March 22, 1966; amended November 14, 2014, effective January 14, 2015.)
Rule 3.
Fee schedule.
 
The clerk of the Supreme Court shall collect the following fees:
 
(a) For the docketing of an appeal or any original proceeding, including any matters brought to the supreme court by the certification process or the writ of review, $95.00, $10.00 of which shall be deposited into the judicial systems automation account established by Wyo.Stat.Ann. § 5-2-120; and $10.00 of which shall be deposited into the indigent civil legal services account established by Wyo.Stat.Ann. § 5-2-121.
 
(b) The sum of $5.00 for issuing certified court documents and certification of records.
 
(c) The sum of $10.00 for certificates of good standing of attorneys.
 
(d) The sum of $.50 per page for reproducing any document, record or other paper.
 
(e) The sum of $10.00 for replacement or duplication of admission certificate.
 
(f) For notary service, fee as set by Wyo.Stat.Ann. § 34-26-302.
 
(Amended November 14, 2014, effective January 14, 2015.)
Rule 4.
Composition of court on rehearing.
 
Active members of the Court at the time of consideration of a petition for rehearing, and if granted, the rehearing itself shall participate in consideration and decision. If at that time a justice shall be recused, the justice participating in the original decision shall sit, if available.
 
(Amended July 12, 1971, effective November 18, 1971; amended November 14, 2014, effective January 14, 2015.)
Rule 5.
Use of cameras and wireless communication devices during proceedings.
 
(a) Absent express authorization by the Supreme Court, individuals attending or participating in open court or confidential proceedings shall not use or operate any camera, video recording device, or audio recording device to record, broadcast, or photograph the proceedings.
 
(b) Except as provided, individuals attending or participating in open court or confidential proceedings shall not use a Wireless Communication Device during the proceedings. Such devices shall be completely turned off and not merely set to “vibrate” or a similar setting.
 
(c) Wireless Communication Devices are those electronic devices that are capable of wirelessly transmitting voice and/or data including, but not limited to mobile phones, cellular communication devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and computers.
 
(d) Counsel of record during oral argument.
 
(i) Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, attorneys may use laptop computers that can access the internet at counsel tables during oral argument, provided that the rules prohibiting photography, recording and broadcasting court proceedings are not violated and all audio sounds are muted.
 
(ii) Attorneys of record may use cell phones, PDAs, and other Wireless Communication Devices at counsel table only with the express permission of the Court.
 
(e) A violation of this rule may result in the immediate removal of the person. The Court Security Officer or other law enforcement officers acting on the Court’s behalf are authorized to confiscate, seize and inspect Wireless Communication Devices or cameras used, or suspected of being used, in violation of this rule, and/or remove the person suspected to have violated this rule. Seized Wireless Communication Devices or cameras will generally be returned after the conclusion of proceedings or as otherwise directed by the Court.
 
(f) A violation of this rule may be punished by contempt of court, giving due consideration to the nature of the violation and any history of similar or past violations. A violation that disrupts a Court proceeding may be punished by direct summary contempt proceedings.
 
(g) Any person who brings a camera or Wireless Communication Device into a Wyoming Supreme Court open court or confidential proceeding shall be deemed to have consented to the terms and conditions of, and to be subject to, this rule.
 
(h) This rule is not applicable to employees of the Wyoming Supreme Court, including the Clerk of Court, judicial staff and administrative staff.
 
(Amended November 14, 2014, effective January 14, 2015.)
Rule 6.
Weapons on court premises.
 
(a) No dangerous weapon may be carried on the Wyoming Supreme Court’s premises, except as provided in this rule. Wyoming Supreme Court Security Offices and Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers, when acting as Supreme Court Security Officers, are authorized to request that any persons carrying a dangerous weapon on the Supreme Court’s premises relinquish the weapon. The weapon will be secured at the Court Security Office then returned to the person when he/she leaves the Supreme Court’s premises, unless the Court Security Officer or Trooper to whom the weapon was relinquished determines that other law enforcement personnel should be involved. If a person carrying a dangerous weapon refuses to relinquish the weapon, he/she shall be denied access to the Supreme Court premises.
 
(b) As used in this policy, “dangerous weapon” means a firearm, explosive, incendiary material, or any other implement or device capable of being used as a deadly weapon, where such implement or device has no reasonable usage related to the conduct of government business.
 
(c) Nothing in this policy prohibits the carrying of weapons on the Supreme Court premises by Peace Officers, as defined and authorized by Wyoming Statutes, who are acting in an official capacity and who are not parties to a case currently before the Court. Peace Officers entering the Supreme Court Building shall disclose to Court Security Officers or Troopers acting as Court Security Officers, that they are carrying a weapon or weapons into the facility.
 
(d) Exceptions to this rule may be granted on an individual basis by the Court Security Officer, with the prior concurrence of the Court.
 
(Added November 9, 1960, effective March 21, 1961; amended November 14, 2014, effective January 14, 2015.)

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