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.

Beginning June 15, 2020 the Carver courthouse public service counter and public access terminal(s) are accessible by appointment only at this time.
To schedule an appointment to access services for:
  • Court public service counters, please email or call Carver County Court Administration at (952) 361-1420.
  • Public access terminal(s), please call our Carver County Law Librarian, Elissa Bleess, at (952) 361-1564 or (952) 679-0038.

If you have a court case scheduled in Carver County District Court, your hearing notice will direct if you should appear in person or remotely. If you are unsure call Court Administration for guidance at (952) 361-1420 or by email.

If you are scheduled for a remote hearing and you do not have access to technology or internet access to join the hearing remotely, please contact Court Administration 952-361-1420 to discuss the use of county equipment at the Justice Center to appear remotely for your hearing.

Remote Expedited Temporary Relief (RETR) in Family Cases:
All counties in the 1st Judicial District will be participating in the Remote Expedited Temporary Relief (RETR) Program.  RETR is a temporary program to facilitate case management during the COVID-19 Emergency.  RETR is a Minn. R. Gen. Prac. 114.02(a) (10) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process.    
This program permits the parties to retain a third party to provide binding ADR services to resolve temporary relief issues in family cases.  The process is truncated in at least three ways: volume of submissions, time limits on the process, and deadlines.  RETR follows the Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE)/ Moderated Settlement Conferences (MSC) model for fees and includes a four hour flat fee rate charged by the ADR provider. To participate review RETR program information and file Stipulation and Order for RETR.