Face coverings required in court facilities.
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

The courthouse public service counter and public access terminals (courthouse terminals) are open from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.  

Face coverings are required in all court facilities beginning July 13. 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.  

You will be required to follow Minnesota Department of Health social distancing guidelines while in court facilities.  

District courts have resumed criminal jury trials in person in courtrooms with detailed safety and social distancing measures in place. Civil jury trials for previously scheduled trials that were put on hold when physical access to courthouses was limited began September 1, 2020, and civil jury trials for new cases will begin December 1, 2020.

Remote hearings will continue to take place and Self-Help Center services will continue to be conducted by phone and email, as well as appointments in limited situations.

Learn more about safety measures all courthouses are following to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by visiting the Reopening webpage.

Learn more about how courts have responded to COVID-19 by the Emergency webpage.
   If you have a court case scheduled in Aitkin County District Court, call (218) 927-7350 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 drop down menu to select the appropriate county.
 

Remote Hearing Information

If you are scheduled for a remote hearing and do not have access to the appropriate technology or internet, you may make arrangements for the use of an ipad at the Aitkin County Courthouse to appear remotely.  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 to ensure all COVID-19 safety measures can be followed.

If you are scheduled for a criminal matter and it is your first hearing, please complete and submit the appropriate statement of rights form to Court Administration as noted below.  Your court hearing may be delayed or reset if the court has not received this information by the hearing date.  You may complete a 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
  • DROP OFF AT THE COURT ADMINISTRATION COUNTER
 Visit the Remote Hearings page for additional information including instructions regarding exhibits.