Livestreaming soon: The Minnesota Supreme Court

It'll start with a GOP lawsuit against Gov. Dayton.

When the legal showdown between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers enters the state Supreme Court next week, you'll be able to watch it live.

It's because the court has decided to livestream oral arguments, which will begin on Monday when lawyers for Dayton and Senate Republicans face off over the governor's recent decision to nix funding for the legislature (more on that complicated situation here).

The decision to begin livestreaming was announced on the court's website Wednesday, with Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea quoted as saying, "We hope to give more Minnesotans the opportunity to see their highest court in action."

The move represents a new era in the court's transparency; until now, they have released only pre-recorded videos of oral arguments.

It's also in stark contrast to the U.S. Supreme Court, which famously does not allow any cameras during judicial proceedings. 

According to the Atlantic, this controversial rule goes back to the 1940s, and several of the current Supreme Court justices (including Chief Justice John Roberts) continue to oppose cameras in the courtroom. 

Reasons include fears about the way the media could impact the institution, and concerns that justices might become more interested in producing snappy "soundbites" than making impartial rulings, the Atlantic says. 

But in an op-ed calling on the high court to change its stance, the LA Times points out that 50 state supreme courts "already allow" cameras.

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