State Courts Limit In-Person Activity in Court Facilities Due to COVID-19 Spike.

The response to COVID-19 has impacted access to courthouses and may change the way cases are handled.
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Update, November 20, 2020: 

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

To continue the operations of the Minnesota Judicial Branch consistent with public health guidance as pandemic conditions evolve, the following directions will govern court proceedings and services from November 30, 2020 through January 31, 2021:
 
  • Remote Hearings: Hearings across all case types will be conducted remotely until February 1, 2021. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
  • Jury Trials: Jury trials in progress will continue until complete. No new jury trials will begin prior to February 1, 2021. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
  • Case Filings: All courts will continue to accept case filings.
  • Public Access: At least one counter service window must be open in each county and for the appellate courts during normal business hours. Some services may be provided remotely or by appointment only. For more information on county courthouse entry, contact the county court.
  • Media Access: For updates on county court operations and access to public access terminals (courthouse terminals), contact the Court Information Office.
  • Self-Help Center services are available by appointment, remotely or by telephone.
  • The Minnesota State Law Library  is open by appointment only. 
For more information, including details on Grand Juries, Appellate Courts, and Civil Commitment, see State Courts Limit In-Person Activities in Court Facilities.

Health and Safety Protocols: The Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan addresses exposure control measures and protocols that state courts must follow for in-person activities.
  • Face Coverings: Face coverings are required in all court facilities. Visitors who do not have access to a face covering will be provided one.
  • Social Distancing: Everyone in a court facility is required to maintain 6 feet social distancing.
  • Exposure Notification: Courts will notify individuals who were in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, per guidance and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Minnesota Department of Health.
 

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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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