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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 Freeborn County District Court, please call (507) 377-5157 Option 2 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.

PLEASE NOTE: If your case will be heard or you must visit the Freeborn County Courthouse, please be aware of the following changes:
While some Freeborn County offices and buildings are closed to the public, the Freeborn County Courthouse is open to court customers that have essential business with the court.
  • The courthouse will remain open to the public. The law enforcement entrance to the courthouse shall be used as the point of access for court business, and persons must identify the purpose of their visit to the courthouse, such as providing the name of the case or case number.
  • Efforts will be made to accommodate remote appearances for every scheduled high priority hearing. Those persons necessary to conduct a litigant’s hearing, and other persons with prior approval of the court, may enter the courthouse.
  • 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. Efforts will be made to accommodate remote appearances for every scheduled high priority hearing.  Making the Record for Remote Appearances - Tips for Judges and Attorneys
  • Members of the public needing to attend a hearing will be allowed entrance to the building, but MUST call (507) 377-5157 to notify the court.
These measures should not adversely affect a litigant’s case in any way.