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Court of Appeals Audio of Oral Arguments Now Available Online

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2019

Minnesotans can now listen to recorded Court of Appeals oral arguments using the Minnesota Judicial Branch website. Future recordings will be posted within 24 hours of an oral argument’s completion. This initiative was slated for launch by changes made on September 14, 2018, to Rule 2 of the Special Rules of Practice for the Court of Appeals.

Oral arguments from Thursday, January 3, 2019, can already be found at: http://www.mncourts.gov/CourtOfAppeals/OralArgumentRecordings.aspx

“The Minnesota Court of Appeals handles more than 2,200 appeals annually. These appeals are filed in response to decisions made in the district court and as a result of actions taken by administrative agencies. Fully 95 percent of these appeals end with action taken by the Court of Appeals,” said Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals Edward J. Cleary. “The opinions issued by the Court have widespread impact on the law in Minnesota and on the lives of the citizens of this State. While the Court is based at the Minnesota Judicial Center in St. Paul, three-judge panels regularly hold court throughout the year at various locations around Minnesota. The Court is dedicated to serving all regions of the State. We are pleased to have the opportunity to make available the recordings of all of our oral arguments going forward in an effort to increase transparency and enlarge access to justice for all the citizens of Minnesota.”

Visitors to the Court of Appeals Oral Argument – Audio Recordings page will be able to access recordings either by selecting a case name from a list or by using the audio search function. Once a case is selected, a new page will open that includes an audio player, a link to download an MP3 file of the recording, and—once issued—a link to the related opinion. The Minnesota Court of Appeals has 90 days from oral arguments to issue an opinion in a case.