Update, June 28, 2021: 

The Minnesota Judicial Branch continues to be in a transitional phase, as established by orders from Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea:

Face Coverings and Social Distancing
Face coverings and social distancing will no longer be required in court facilities beginning July 6, 2021. Judges, employees, and courthouse visitors are allowed to wear face coverings in court facilities if they choose to do so, although judges may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court hearings.
Court Operations
To continue operations in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, the following is effect through September 6, 2021:
  • In-Person Hearings and Trials:
    • Criminal jury trials
    • Civil jury trials
    • Court trials in Major Criminal, Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Protection, including CHIPS and Permanency case types
    • Criminal settlement conferences
    • Grand Jury proceedings
    • Mandatory misdemeanor criminal trials and contested hearings in these cases can be held in person beginning August 2, 2021.
  • Remote Hearings: All other district court proceedings are held remotely unless the chief judge of the judicial district grants permission for an in-person proceeding based on extenuating circumstances.
  • Appellate Courts: Proceedings in issues and appeals before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court will continue as scheduled by those courts.
  • Civil Commitment: Proceedings before the Commitment Appeal Panel will continue as scheduled by the Panel, and may be conducted by remote technology.
  • Public Service Counters: At least one public service counter in each county, and one in the appellate courts, will be accessible between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding court holidays. Counter service can be provided remotely, by appointment, or in person. Contact the county court for more information.
  • Self-Help Center services continue to be conducted by appointment, remotely, or by telephone.
  • Courthouse Terminals: Courthouse (public access) terminals are available based on hours established by the local district court.
  • Media Access: For updates on county court operations, and access to courthouse (public access) terminals and in-person proceedings, contact the Court Information Office.
The presiding judge may limit the number of persons in attendance at an in-person proceeding, other than the parties, attorneys representing the parties, and necessary court staff, if required by local conditions.

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For information about Aitkin County’s local requirements for courthouse entry and other county-specific information, please visit the Aitkin County COVID-19 webpage.



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