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Pronouncement of the judgment in the “ESM” principal proceedings on 18 March 2014: Accreditation conditions and information for journalists and visitors
Press Release No. 16/2014 of 28 February 2014
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- Special Fax Number for Accreditation: +49 721 9101-68400 -
- Accreditation Period: 5 March 2014, 12:00 Noon, to 12 March 2014, 12:00 Noon -
As already announced, the Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court will, based on the oral hearing of 11 and 12 June 2013, pronounce its judgment on 18 March 2014 at 10:00 am. (see press releases no. 9/2014 of 7 February 2014, no. 36/2013 of 14 May 2013, and - in German - no. 29/2013 of 19 April 2013).
Please Note the Following Important Information for the Accreditation Procedure:
Accreditation requests can only be made by telefax on the form provided, under the number +49 721 9101-68400. The period for accreditation starts on Wednesday 5 March 2014 at 12:00 noon and ends on Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 12:00 noon. The media will be broken up into four different groups. For further information, please consult the following accreditation conditions.
The accreditation procedure starts on Wednesday 5 March 2014 at 12:00 noon. Accreditation requests received before this point in time will not be considered. The Federal Constitutional Court will not of its own accord inform the sender if an accreditation request has been made ahead of time.
The accreditation procedure ends on Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 12:00 noon. After the expiry of this period, no accreditations are possible.
Accreditation requests can be made by telefax only. They must be sent to the telefax number +49 721 9101-68400; several lines will be connected to this number. Accreditation requests which are sent to other telefax numbers of the Federal Constitutional Court will not be considered, nor will accreditation requests received by email.
For accreditation requests, the form provided under http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/documents/Akkreditierung-Presse- Formblatt-ESM-Verkuendung-DE.pdf (in German) or http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/documents/Akkreditierung-Presse- Formblatt-ESM-Verkuendung-EN.pdf (in English) must be used. The form must be filled in completely.
The accreditation requests will be considered in the order in which they have been received. This will be determined by the order shown on the notice of receipt in the log report of the fax server of the fax number +49 712 9101-68400. If faxes have been received at the same time, accreditation is awarded by drawing lots.
A few days after the expiry of the deadline, the Federal Constitutional Court will notify the applicants by email of whether their accreditation requests have been successful or unsuccessful.
Available Seats and Allocation of Seats
In the press gallery, there will be a total of 40 seats for media representatives. In addition, two press rooms (C003 and C213) will be established, which will provide a total of another 47 seats. The available seats are allocated as follows:
1. In the press gallery, 15 seats are reserved in advance for full members (honorary members excepted) of the Justizpressekonferenz Karlsruhe e.V. (JPK). Each medium which is represented in the JPK by a full member is entitled to one of these seats. The same applies to each full member who does not represent a specific medium. A full member who represents more than one medium is only entitled to one seat.
2. For the distribution of the other 72 seats, the media are broken down into four groups. The seats are allocated in the following sequence:
Seats no. 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8 each go to a medium headquartered in Germany.
Seats no. 3 and 6 each go to a medium headquartered in another state of the euro zone.
Seat no. 9 goes to a medium headquartered in a state outside the euro zone.
Seat no. 10 goes to a free journalist. All free journalists form part of this group, irrespective of their countries of origin.
Subsequently, counting starts again at 1. If all applicants from an entitled group have already been considered, the respective figure is skipped.
3. The seats in the press gallery are allocated first, then, counting consecutively, the seats in press room C003, and last, the seats in press room C213.
4. First, every medium accredited in due time is allocated only one seat. Another seat per medium is allocated if all media accredited in due time have received a seat. The same applies to the allocation of further seats. Free journalists are considered within their above-mentioned group.
It is not permitted to make phone calls, tweet or send other messages, retrieve digital data, or use the internet in any way within or from the courtroom. All electronic devices which can be used for these purposes, in particular mobile phones, laptop computers and tablet computers, may not be used in the courtroom. Media representatives can obtain permission to use computers in offline mode if it is ensured that the devices are not used for sound or image recording or for data transmission.
The seats in the press gallery must be taken by 9:30 am. If a seat has not been taken by this time, it will be allocated otherwise. At 9:40 am, the seats in the press gallery which have remained vacant will be offered to the journalists with the lowest seat number which are present in press room C003 at this time. Journalists who do not have a seat in the press gallery will have to leave the courtroom after the presiding Justice of the Senate has established the presence of the parties to the proceedings. The area outside the courtroom must be vacated.
There will be an audio transmission from the courtroom to both press rooms. Each press room is equipped with 230V sockets. The Federal Constitutional Court cannot guarantee the capacity of mobile telephone and data networks. In press room C213, a total of 15 additional workplaces are at the disposal of all journalists who have been allocated seats in the press gallery. These workplaces are not assigned individually.
Taking Photographs and Filming; Pooling
1. The pronouncement of the judgment may be fully transmitted by audiovisual means.
2. Two television teams (a public and a private television station with a maximum of three cameras each) and six photographers (four agency photographers and two free photographers) are admitted to the courtroom (pooling).
The willingness to be a pool representative must be stated with the accreditation request. The pool representatives undertake to supply, upon request, their photographs and films to other radio and television stations, as well as photographic agencies.
The allocation of seats to pool representatives takes place in the order in which the faxes with their accreditation requests have been received. This will be determined by the order shown on the notice of receipt in the log report of the fax server of the fax number +49 712 9101-68400. If faxes have been received at the same time, the seats are allocated by drawing lots.
The television stations, agencies, and photographers are free to determine the persons who are part of their teams.
3. When taking photographs and filming in the courtroom, photographers, camera operators, and other media representatives must ensure that the Senate has free vision to all sides. It is not allowed to enter the area behind the Justices' bench. Instructions by the court staff must be complied with. Taking photographs and filming is only permitted with silent devices without a flash.
4. After the end of the pronouncement of the judgment, a period of 20 minutes is assigned for interviews with the parties to the proceedings, or other persons, in the courtroom, as well as for filming them and taking photographs of them there. Beyond this period, the area in front of the court room, including the press niches, is available for this purpose.
Vehicles of Radio and Television Teams; Technicians
There are only a limited number of parking spaces available for SNG vehicles, editing vehicles and OB vans. If parking spaces are needed, this must be indicated with the accreditation request on the form provided. The parking spaces are allocated in the order in which the requests have been received. For the allocation of the parking spaces, the following information is requested: number plate, vehicle type, make, dimensions (L x W x H in metres), weight and, if applicable, demand of power to be supplied by the Federal Constitutional Court.
The names, dates of birth and ID card numbers of the accompanying technicians and the vehicle data can be submitted subsequently. They must be sent via fax by Tuesday 17 March 2014, 10:00 am at the latest (fax no. +49 721 9101-461 - use only for the data which are submitted subsequently). The form provided under http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/documents/Akkreditierung-Presse-Formblatt-ESM-Verkuendung-DE.pdf (in German) or http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/documents/Akkreditierung-Presse-Formblatt-ESM-Verkuendung-EN.pdf (in English) must be used for this as well. Data which are submitted after the expiry of the deadline or by email cannot be considered.
It is possible to arrive and to set up the equipment on the day before the pronouncement of the judgment from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on the day of the pronouncement between 7:00 am and 9:00 am.
Setting up of Studios
It is only possible to set up studios in the press niches. The two large press niches will be allocated to the television stations that act as pool representatives. The smaller press niche will be allocated in the order in which the faxes with the accreditation requests have been received. This will be determined by the order shown on the notice of receipt in the log report of the fax server of the fax number +49 712 9101-68400. If faxes have been received at the same time, the press niches are allocated by drawing lots.
This information is based on § 17a of the Federal Constitutional Court Act in conjunction with the supplementing provisions laid down by the First and the Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court
Information for Interested Citizens
Interested citizens who want to attend the pronouncement of the judgment are requested to register, by phone or by fax, under the following address:
Postfach 1771, 76006 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721 9101-400
Fax: +49 721 9101-461
Registration starts on Wednesday 5 March 2014 at 12:00 noon and ends on Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 12:00 noon.
The registration must indicate the person's surname, first name, date of birth and a phone or fax number. Per registration, no more than one accompanying person can be registered.
Registrations will be considered in the order in which they have been received.
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