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
Cameras and audio recording devices are allowed in Minnesota district courts under the conditions prescribed in Rule 4 of the General Rules of Practice
Aug. 12, 2015: Minnesota Supreme Court Orders Pilot for Audio, Video, and Still Camera Coverage of Criminal Cases
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered that a pilot project should proceed, effective Nov. 10, 2015, permitting electronic coverage of district court proceedings held after a guilty verdict has been returned or a guilty plea has been accepted.
The media shall provide written notice of their intent to cover authorized district court proceedings by either audio or video means to the trial judge, all counsel of record, and any parties appearing without counsel at least 10 days before the commencement of the hearing or trial. A copy of the written notice shall also be provided to the Court Information Office (see the Contact Us tab on this page) and the respective media coordinator (see below).
- No electronic coverage is permitted of any proceeding held with a jury present.
- No coverage is permitted in any proceeding held in Minnesota's problem solving courts, including drug courts, mental health courts, veterans courts, and DWI courts.
- No coverage is permitted in cases involving crimes of criminal sexual conduct and/or family or domestic violence.
- No coverage of any testifying victim is permitted unless that victim, before testifying, affirmatively acknowledges and agrees in writing to the proposed coverage.
In all other instances, the presiding judge may for good cause limit or exclude media requests for electronic courtroom coverage based on the privacy and safety concerns of the participants to the proceedings or other interested persons, the decorum and dignity of the proceedings, the physical court facilities, and the impartial administration of justice.
On or before January 1, 2018, the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure shall file a status report on the pilot project, with recommendations for any further rule amendments; and, recommendations for continuation, abandonment, or modification of the pilot project, or for permanent codification of the rules for the pilot project.
Read the order
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
Representatives from the news media have volunteered to serve as media coordinators and facilitate interaction between media and judges. They should be made aware of any requests so they can coordinate pooling and local courthouse logistics: Media Coordinators for Minnesota District Courts