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Pioneer Press publishes Marshall Tanick's "Letter to the Editor" commending the MN Supreme Court

09.07.17

Marshall H. Tanick was published in the "Letter to the Editor" section of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on September 7, 2017. 

His opinion letter acknowledges the recent update made by the Minnesota Supreme Court that initiated livestreaming of its preceedings. 

You can read Tanick's letter below or on the Pioneer Press's website.  

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Kudos, Supreme Court

Kudos to the Minnesota Supreme Court for initiating livestreaming of its proceedings, which began Aug. 28 with the legal showdown between Gov. Dayton and the state Legislature over funding.

As an attorney who has appeared several times before that tribunal, I was eminently impressed with the event. The participants — the lawyers and judges alike — were well-prepared, decorous, respectful and thoughtful and their dialogue was not only of extreme significance but highly educative for the public, as well.

The court has videotaped its proceedings for years and made them available later in the day, but the contemporaneous availability embedded in the court’s new rules and the manifestation of it that day was a great advance in the public’s right to know.

Minnesota, regrettably, had been a laggard in accessibility to judicial proceedings through modern technology, compared with other jurisdictions, and many limitations remain for lower-court trial and appellate cases.

But the new livestreaming at the pinnacle of the state judiciary should be a harbinger for expanded access at other levels. For the state and the citizenry, it’s better late than never.

Marshall H. Tanick, Minneapolis