COVID-19 Information

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required in courtrooms and public spaces of court facilities. Individuals should talk to court staff immediately upon entry if they do not have access to a face covering or have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing one. Face coverings will be provided to individuals who do not have access to one. Judges may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court hearings.


Distancing measures should be considered among people while in court facilities to the extent possible.

Symptoms and Contact

Do not visit any court facility if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus. 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.

Current Court Operations

The following types of hearings and trials may take place in person:

  • In-Person Hearings and Trials: Criminal Jury Trials; Civil Jury Trials; court trials in Major Criminal, Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Protection (including Child in Need of Protection or Services and Permanency cases types) cases; Criminal Settlement Conferences; and Grand Jury Proceedings continue to take place in-person. Mandatory misdemeanor criminal trials and contested hearings in these cases.

  • Remote Hearings: All other district court proceedings will be held remotely unless the chief judge grants permission for an in-person proceeding based on extenuating circumstances.

  • 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.

  • Self-Help Services will continue to be conducted by appointment, remotely, or by telephone.

  • Courthouse Terminals are available based on hours established by the local district court. See below for more details.


Health and Safety Protocols

All courts are expected to meet conditions established by the Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (October 18, 2021). The Plan addresses exposure control measures and specific recommendations the Judicial Branch will follow to manage in-person activities in a manner that prioritizes health and safety.
Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Orders and Information »
Safety 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.

Face coverings may be required in courtrooms and public spaces of our court facilities. Face coverings will be provided to individuals who do not have one.  Individuals may wear face coverings in court facilities if they choose to do so.  Judges may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court hearings.


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: