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

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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 Minnesota Judicial Branch is extending its limitation of in-person activities in court facilities for 45 days effective February 1, 2021: 
  • Remote Hearings: All hearings will be conducted remotely to the extent possible. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
  • Criminal Jury Trials: No new jury trials will begin before March 15, 2021, unless the Chief Judge grants an exception. Exceptions shall be granted for criminal cases that meet three criteria - speedy trial, in-custody defendant, and felony or non-felony person crime - unless a trial cannot be held safely due to local conditions.
  • Civil Jury Trials: No in-person civil jury trials will be held before March 15, 2021. Exceptions may be granted in limited circumstances.  A civil jury trial may take place remotely if all parties and the judge are in agreement.
  • Public Access: At least one counter service window must be open during normal business hours, excluding court holidays. Services may be provided remotely or by appointment only. See below for more information.
  • Self-Help Center services are available by phone and email.

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 »


Court Administration Office Access

 
  • The Carlton County Courthouse is open to those who need access to the court administration customer service office. Entry to the courthouse is through the west door near the law enforcement center and exit is through the 3rd Street (east) door.
    • Access to court administration is limited to those with court business. Friends of customers and others will be asked to wait outside.
  • The court administration customer service office is on the 3rd floor.
    • A public access to court records computer is on the 1st floor.
    • Self-help center services are available remotely Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Call (651) 435-6535.
  • Wearing masks is strongly encouraged. Visit the Carlton County Website for more information about the County’s COVID-19 procedures.

If you have a court case scheduled in Carlton County District Court, call (218) 384-9578 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 dropdown menu to select the appropriate county.

Administrative Order - Order Governing the Continuing Operations of MN Judicial Branch
Administrative Order - Closure & Access to Judicial District Courthouse
Administrative Order - Court Operations in Civil Commitment Cases

June 11, 2020 Update
May 14, 2020 Update
April 14, 2020 Update
April 7, 2020 Update
March 24, 2020 Update