631.045 EXCLUDING SPECTATORS FROM THE COURTROOM.
At the trial of a complaint or indictment for a violation of sections
617.246, subdivision 2
, when a minor under 18 years of age is the person
upon, with, or against whom the crime is alleged to have been committed, the judge may exclude
the public from the courtroom during the victim's testimony or during all or part of the remainder
of the trial upon a showing that closure is necessary to protect a witness or ensure fairness in the
trial. The judge shall give the prosecutor, defendant and members of the public the opportunity to
object to the closure before a closure order. The judge shall specify the reasons for closure in an
order closing all or part of the trial. Upon closure the judge shall only admit persons who have a
direct interest in the case.
History: 1982 c 558 s 4; 1985 c 265 art 11 s 1; 1986 c 351 s 22; 1998 c 367 art 6 s 14;
2005 c 136 art 4 s 10