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COVID-19 Information

Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea issued an order on May 15, 2020 regarding the continuing operations of state courts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Beginning Monday May 18, 2020 courts will begin to implement the Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan which was developed in consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health. Once courts have ensured they are in compliance with the Preparedness Plan, they will implement Transitional Case Strategies for resuming more in-person courthouse activity for litigants and employees. Remote hearing technology will continue to be used.
 
Self-help services are being conducted via phone or email.
 
If you have a court case scheduled in Dodge County District Court, please call (507) 635-6260 to determine if your case will be heard or scheduled to a future date.  You may also contact the court by email and use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate county. Parties to actions where a hearing has been cancelled may be contacted by court administration to reschedule the hearing.
 
PLEASE NOTE: If your case will be heard or you must visit the Dodge County Courthouse, please be aware of the following changes:
While some Dodge County offices and buildings are closed to the public, the Dodge County Courthouse is open to court customers that have essential business with the court.
  • The Dodge County Courthouse will remain open for scheduled super high and high priority hearings, and for other persons with prior approval of the court.  For approval, please call (507) 635-6260.
  • Visitors to the courthouse will come in the Courthouse/public safety doors and pick up the phone for a direct call to dispatch, and persons must identify the purpose of their visit to the courthouse, such as providing the name of the case or case number.  Once verified, visitors will be given access to the court administration.
  • Those customers who need to file paperwork MUST call (507) 635-6260 for direction on filing their paperwork.
  • Efforts will be made to accommodate remote appearances for every scheduled hearing.  Making the Record for Remote Appearances - Tips for Judges and Attorneys
  • For persons who have business with the court other than Super High or High Priority hearings, eFiling, U.S. Mail, and telephone access will be available.
 These measures should not adversely affect a litigant’s case in any way.