The Minnesota Supreme Court directed the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure to monitor and report on the courtroom audio and video coverage pilot project by the end of 2017.

The advisory committee filed their report with the Supreme Court on Dec. 20. The report recommends the pilot procedures for audio or video coverage of criminal proceedings be permanently codified. The committee also recommends amendments to the rule to address issues regarding coverage raised during the pilot.

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Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued an order establishing both a public comment period and a public hearing on the recommendations. Public comments are due by March 26, and the public hearing will be 10 a.m. April 25 in the State Capitol Courtroom.

Any person or organization wishing to provide written comments may file with the clerk of the appellate courts, using the courts' electronic filing system if required to do so.