The response to COVID-19 has impacted access to courthouses and may change the way cases are handled.
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COVID-19 Information

Limited In-Person Activities at Court Facilities

To continue operations consistent with public health guidance and in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, the following will govern activities in court facilities:   
  • Criminal Jury Trials: Criminal jury trials in all case types may be held in-person in accordance with the Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and approved local jury trial plans.
  • Civil Jury Trials: No in-person civil jury trials will commence before June 14, 2021, unless an exception is granted by the Chief Judge after consultation with the Chief Justice.
  • Hearings: Hearings across all case types will be conducted remotely to the extent possible; exceptions may include sentencing hearings in criminal cases in which there is a presumptive commitment to the Department of Corrections, and contested hearings when evidence is submitted in Major Criminal cases, Child Protection (CHIPS and Permanency) cases, Juvenile Delinquency cases, and omnibus hearings in Major Criminal cases, among other limited circumstances.
  • Appellate Courts: Proceedings in appeals pending before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court will continue as scheduled by those courts.
  • 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, excluding court holidays. Services may be provided by appointment, remotely or by telephone. See below for more information.
  • Media Access: For updates on access to public access terminals (courthouse terminals) and attending in-person court proceedings, contact the Court Information Office.
  • Self-Help Center services are available by appointment, remotely, or by telephone.

Face coverings are required in all court facilities. If you do not have a face covering, see court staff immediately. 
If you are required to visit a court facility but have COVID-19 symptoms or have had COVID-19 exposure in the last 14 days contact the court or your attorney as soon as possible.

Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Orders and Information »
Safely Reopening Court Facilities Resources »

Public Access to Aitkin County Court Facilities

Public service counters and public access terminals (courthouse terminals) are available during business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Other County-Specific Information

  • For customers who do not have access to the appropriate technology, Ipads are available at the courthouse to appear remotely for hearings.  Please call Aitkin County District Court at (218) 927-7350 to check availability for this service.
  • To appear in person for your court hearing, you must notify Court Administration two days in advance of the court date.
  • For customers appearing for a first hearing on criminal matters, please complete and submit the appropriate statement of rights to Court Administration as noted below.  Your hearing may be delayed if the court has not received this information by the court date.
  • You may complete the public defender application if you are requesting a court appointed attorney.

Criminal Forms

Felony-Gross Misdemeanor rights
Misdemeanor rights
Probation Violation rights
Public Defender Application

Submit your completed forms to Aitkin County Court Administration:
  • US MAIL TO: 209 2ND STREET NW RM 242A, AITKIN, MN 56431

Contact Us

If you have questions about a case filed in Aitkin County, you may contact us by phone or email: