PRATTVILLE—A Montgomery lawyer spent 24 hours in the Autauga Metro Jail on a contempt of court citation.
Julia Dianne Collins was released about 5 p.m. Thursday. Autauga County District Judge Joy Booth cited her for contempt of court, after Collins recorded a juvenile court proceeding on Wednesday. There is a policy in place in the 19th Judicial Circuit that bars any recordings of any proceedings by non-court reporters. A copy of the policy, signed by presiding Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds, is displayed in the courthouses in Prattville, Wetumpka and Clanton.
Collins declined to comment as she walked out of the jail at 4:52 p.m. Thursday.
Juvenile proceedings are closed to the public, and recordings by non-court personnel aren’t allowed. Collins admitted to Booth she used her personal cell phone to record the proceeding. Reynolds ordered that the cell phone be seized for 30 days.
“It was a very difficult thing for me to do,” Booth said Thursday, of the contempt citation. “But I feel very strongly that the rules and procedures of juvenile court must be followed. As officers of the court, we are held to a higher standard.
“She should have known that it was not allowed to tape juvenile proceedings.”
Collins was treated just like any other inmate in the jail, said Sheriff Joe Sedinger. That means she was fingerprinted and photographed as part of the booking procedure, he said.
Collins works with the Isaak Law Firm in Montgomery, according to the Alabama Bar Association website. She graduated from the…
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