Media Resource Center

The Court Information Office (CIO) serves as the first point of contact for media covering the courts and court cases.

Interview RequestsPlease visit the Contacts tab on this page to contact the CIO directly with any requests to interview Judicial Branch judges or staff. CIO staff can work with reporters to schedule interviews and provide background information related to the interview topic that may be helpful.
Data RequestsPlease see the Data Requests page for filing and disposition data for the district and appellate courts.

If this data does not provide the information needed, please fill out and submit the data request form on the page. Members of the media are encouraged to enter a deadline on the request form so that requests can be processed in a timely manner.

Please note that it is usually very difficult to determine what data is available without analyzing the case management system. Every effort is made to meet deadlines, but depending on the nature of the request, that may not always be possible. Generally, the nature of the request will dictate the delivery date.
Current High Profile Cases

Reporters should contact the CIO with questions about a case. The CIO can help reporters access public case records and documents, and provide information about past and future hearings.


Access case records online through MN Public Access Remote (MPA Remote)

MPA Remote provides real-time access to the registers of actions for cases in the district court case management system. The registers of actions include court dates (past and future), party information, and a list of documents that have been filed. The actual documents are not accessible online through MPA Remote. Many public court documents can be obtained at any courthouse in the state by accessing the case through a public terminal using MPA Courthouse. Searching for cases in MPA Courthouse does not require a case number, but please note that pending criminal cases (cases that have not yet resulted in a conviction) are only accessible through MPA Remote if a search is conducted by case number. Defendant name searches will not yield results for pending cases under that name.

 

Hennepin County District Court

There is an additional resource for media covering Hennepin County District Court. Please contact Nancy Peters in Public Affairs there by phone at (612) 548-5022 regarding cases in that court, or to request an interview with Hennepin County District Court staff or judges.
Reporters should contact the CIO with questions about a case. The CIO can help reporters access public case records and documents, and provide information about past and future hearings.

Access case records online through P-MACS, the case management system of the Minnesota appellate courts. P-MACS provides real-time access to case information, including court dates (past and future), party information, and a list of documents that have been filed. At this time, only documents filed by the courts are accessible online. All other documents are accessible at the office of the Clerk of Appellate Courts, at the State Law Library, at any court facility in the state, or through the CIO.

What should I expect when covering Supreme Court oral arguments?

Webcasts of Supreme Court Oral Arguments- Recorded and generally posted by 5:00 p.m. the day the arguments are heard

What should I expect when covering Court of Appeals oral arguments?

Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals

Cameras and audio recording devices are allowed in Minnesota Appellate Courts under the conditions prescribed in Rule 134.10 of the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure.

Call the Court Information Office at (651) 296-6043 at least 24 hours in advance.

Instructions for the Media Panel (Room G03 on the ground floor of the Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155)


Minnesota District Courts

Recording devices are allowed in Minnesota District Courts under the conditions prescribed in Rule 4 of the General Rules of Practice

A recent order from the Minnesota Supreme Court authorized a pilot project that will permit, without the consent of the parties involved in the case, limited audio and video coverage of certain criminal court proceedings under Rule 4 of the General Rules of Practice. That pilot project will begin November 10, 2015.
 
This content is intended to provide you with information about the Supreme Court’s order and the responsibilities of the media under the order when requesting to record criminal proceedings during the pilot.
 
Summary of the order:
During the pilot project, electronic coverage shall be permitted at proceedings held in the courtroom in the presence of the presiding judge after a guilty verdict has been returned or a guilty plea accepted, provided written notice of the intent to cover authorized district court proceedings by either audio or video means is provided at least 10 days before the commencement of the proceedings to be covered.
 
Citing the fundamental right of a defendant to the fair administration of justice and the profound privacy and safety interests of the participants, the Supreme Court ordered the following limits on the scope of permitted coverage:
  • No coverage is permitted of proceedings held with a jury present, held after a guilty verdict is vacated or reversed and a new trial is ordered, or held after a guilty plea is rejected or withdrawn.
  • No coverage is permitted in any of Minnesota's problem-solving courts, including drug courts, mental health courts, veterans’ courts, and DWI courts, or of any juvenile proceedings.
  • No coverage is permitted in cases involving charges of criminal sexual conduct brought under Minn. Stat.§§ 609.293-.352, or in cases involving charges of family or "domestic violence," as defined in Minn. Stat. § 609.02, subd. 16.
  • No coverage is permitted of any victim who testifies at a post-verdict or post-plea proceeding unless that victim affirmatively acknowledges and agrees to the coverage in writing, before testifying.
In addition, the Supreme Court’s order reminds all criminal justice system participants, and particularly the media, that the pilot project is subject at all times to the authority and broad discretion of the trial judge to control the decorum of the proceedings and to ensure that the fair administration of justice is preserved. The Supreme Court has authorized the presiding judge to limit or exclude media requests for electronic courtroom coverage for good cause based on the privacy, safety, and well-being of the participants or other interested persons; the dignity of the proceedings; the court facilities; and the fair administration of justice.
 
Providing notice of audio/visual coverage:
Under the pilot, media shall provide written notice of their intent to cover authorized district court proceedings by either audio or video means to the county court administrator, the trial judge, all counsel of record, and any parties appearing without counsel at least 10 days before the commencement of the proceedings to be covered.
 
The media may use this court form - Notice of Audio/Video Coverage – to provide the required notice. A copy of the written notice shall also be provided to the Court Information Office and the respective media coordinator for the judicial district where the case is filed.
 
Please remember to notify the appropriate media coordinator and the Court Information Office when submitting a notice of audio/visual coverage. Media coordinators, who are representatives from the news media, have volunteered to facilitate interaction between media and judges, and can coordinate pooling and local courthouse logistics. The Court Information Office, an office of the State Court Administrator, can help answer your questions, and will track notices as part of the pilot project evaluation process. In addition, as a courtesy, please copy the Fourth Judicial District Office of Public Affairs when submitting notice in Hennepin County District Court.  When covering Hennepin County District Court, please refer to the Memo of Understanding Governing the Usage of Cameras and Recording Devices in Fourth District Court Facilities.
What the CIO Cannot Do
ContactsBeau Berentson
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Office: (651) 296-6043
Cell: (651) 303-4933

Kyle Christopherson
Communications Specialist
Office: (651) 297-4029
Cell: (612) 599-3122

Lissa Finne
Communications Specialist
Office: (651) 297-5532
Cell: (612) 201-7637

Nancy Peters
Communications Specialist - Hennepin County District Court
Office: (612) 348-5022
Cell: (612) 801-7583
Send an email to Nancy Peters via a contact form