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