Public Access to Remote Hearings
Members of the public who wish to view or listen to remote district court proceedings should contact the court
to request to attend the scheduled public hearing or proceeding.
Decisions about access to court proceedings will be made by the presiding judge on a case by case basis, and as technology allows.
For high-interest in-person proceedings, courts may provide video and/or audio access to the proceeding in a specific location for court observers that would allow for appropriate social distancing measures to be taken, and ensuring compliance with existing orders concerning public gatherings.
Media Access to Remote Hearings
Media who wish to cover a hearing must work with the State Court Information Office
or the Hennepin County District Court Communications Specialist
. Media must provide 24-hours advance notice of a request to attend a hearing, and will be required to follow all social distancing protocols enforced by court administration and judicial officers. Where multiple requests exist, media may be required to coordinate a pool.