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Media Information

Media Access to Remote Hearings

The Court grants real-time audio access to all interested members of the public. Dial-in information or instructions for any proceeding may be found on the public calendars here: https://www.mnd.uscourts.gov/court-schedules. Members of the media who have received their credentials from the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota may request to observe the proceeding via video on ZoomGov.

Credentialed media may request ZoomGov video access by completing the form linked below by 12:00 p.m. the business day before the proceeding. CLICK HERE TO REQUEST ZOOM ACCESS.

To obtain credentials, follow the instructions here: https://www.mnd.uscourts.gov/media-credentials. Please note for members of the media seeking new credentials, credentialing may take up to 48 business hours.

 

Whom to Contact

The Court's Media Coordinator, Rebeccah Parks, can be reached at (612) 664-5124 or Rebeccah_Parks@mnd.uscourts.gov.

General Information

Courtrooms are generally open to the public, so journalists do not need special credentials, other than government-issued photo identification - such as a driver's license - to enter facilities in the District of Minnesota. 

Members of the media wishing to access the secured Media Room and/or use cell phones in the courtrooms must obtain credentials by completing the application here.

For high profile hearings or trials that are expected to attract a large number of journalists, the court may issue a Decorum Order with specific restrictions or requirements for courtroom access, seating, and other logistical issues.

Rules for Cell Phones, Laptops, Digital Notebooks, Cameras, and Tape Recorders

The requirements and restrictions set out in the Policy on the Media’s Use of Cameras and Electronic Recording Devices apply to journalists who wish to cover cases being heard in any of the four courthouses of the District of Minnesota. Journalists are expected to familiarize themselves with and abide by the guidelines. Failure to do so may result in removal from the courthouse and other penalties. 

Cameras in the Courthouse

Unless otherwise invited by the Court to cover an event, such as a courthouse renaming, photographs and videos are strictly prohibited in all courtrooms, this includes from cell phones, tablets, and cameras. Cameras may be used in the first floor lobbies of the Diana E. Murphy United States Courthouse in Minneapolis and the Warren E. Burger Federal Building and United States Courthouse in St. Paul for interviews, attorney statements, and general news coverage, so long as the recording does not capture the screening areas in any way. For clarification, please contact Rebeccah Parks.

Court Records and Case Information

Members of the media are eligible to register for a Media CM/ECF account. This account allows a user to receive notices of electronic filing (NEFs), using PACER to view documents. To access the registration form, click here.

Information on configuring a Media CM/ECF account is accessible here.

Follow the Court on Social Media

Click here to access the Court’s social media page for occasional press releases, news alerts, and photos from Court events.

Covering Federal Court

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has developed the following resources to introduce the media and public to the federal judiciary:

A Journalist's Guide to the Federal Courts

About Federal Courts

Glossary of Legal Terms

The Federal Judicial Center's website also has helpful information for journalists, including judges' biographies, reports and studies, and historical timelines.

For More Information

Contact the U.S. Attorney's Office for information about criminal arraignments and appearances.