ST. PAUL-The Minnesota Supreme Court has opened a public comment period regarding cameras in courtrooms.

The period, which began Jan. 24 and will continue through March 26, will be followed by an April 25 hearing.

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Cameras are generally not allowed in courtrooms without the consent of the parties involved. But in 2015, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided to allow a pilot project permitting audio and video coverage in certain proceedings without parties' consent.

At the end of 2017, an advisory committee that monitored the project filed a report with the Supreme Court, recommending that the pilot procedures be put in place permanently.

There are three ways to submit a public comment. Interested parties can submit comments by email to mjcappellateclerkofcourt@courts.state.mn.us, send comments by mail to AnnMarie S. O'Neill, Clerk of Appellate Courts; 305 Minnesota Judicial Center; 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd; St. Paul, MN 55155, or create an E-MACS account and file a comment electronically.