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The Media Resource Center was created to help media representatives seeking information about the Minnesota Judicial Branch. Whether you are covering high profile cases, want to review the Minnesota Rules of Court, or just need some fast facts about the Judicial Branch, this is the first place to look. This site also features information about access to court records, an FAQ section (frequently asked questions), and rules and procedures governing the use of cameras and recording devices in Minnesota Judicial Branch courtrooms.
Cameras in Minnesota Courts
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. If a number of television stations are planning to attend, one station must set up a pool feed for the other stations. All stations covering a case should be prepared to substitute as the pool feed if problems occur. All equipment should be in place and tested by 8:30 a.m. for any case scheduled for a particular morning. One TV camera and two still cameras are allowed in the courtroom at a time.
Instructions for the Media Panel (PDF) in Room G03 on the ground floor of the Minnesota Judicial Center.
Minnesota District Courts: Cameras and audio recording devices are allowed in Minnesota District Courts under the conditions prescribed in Rules 4.01-4.03 of the General Rules of Practice.
Child custody, marriage dissolution, juvenile, child protection, paternity, civil commitment, and Petitions for Orders for Protection proceedings -- There shall be no audio or video coverage in these cases per Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 4.02(c)(vi).
April 21, 2011, Minnesota Supreme Court Order Promulgating Amendment to the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts Regarding Audio and Video Coverage of District Court Proceedings in Civil Cases (ADM09-8009) (PDF)
March 11, 2011, Minnesota Supreme Court Order Promulgating Amendments to the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts and Implementation of a Pilot Project to Allow More Extensive Audio and Video Coverage of District Court Proceedings in Civil Cases (ADM09-8009) (PDF)
Representatives from the news media have volunteered to serve as media coordinators and facilitate interaction between media and judges for civil cases covered under the Pilot rules effective July 1, 2011. They should be made aware of any requests so they can coordinate pooling and local courthouse logistics. A committee is working on more formal protocols and rules and those will be posted as they become available.
Media Coordinators for Minnesota District Courts (Word Doc)
For more information, or to offer suggestions about this page, please contact:
John Kostouros (first point of contact for appellate court camera requests)
Director, Court Information Office