Are guardianship proceedings in Minnesota public?

The default is that guardianship and conservatorship proceedings in Minnesota are public.  However guardianship hearings may be closed to the public in some situations.  Minnesota Statute 524.5-307 allows the court to close the hearing “upon the request of the respondent and a showing of good cause.”  Examples of when a request to close a hearing would be appropriate include: when the circumstances leading to the guardianship petition are extremely sensitive in nature – either because of medical conditions or behaviors alleged to be exhibited by the Respondent or others involved in the hearing.

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