State Courts Limit In-Person Activity in Court Facilities Due to COVID-19 Spike.

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

New Limitations at Court Facilities

Per an order from Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea, the Minnesota Judicial Branch is limiting in-person activities in court facilities in response to increased COVID-19 infection rates in Minnesota:
  • Jury Trials: Jury trials in progress will continue until complete. No new jury trials will begin prior to February 1, 2021. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
  • Remote Hearings: All hearings will be conducted remotely. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
  • Public Access: At least one counter service window must be open during normal business hours. Services may be provided remotely or by appointment only. See below for current information on public access to our court facilities.
  • 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 »
 
If you have a court case scheduled in Clay County District Court, call (218) 299-5065 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.  Parties to actions where a hearing has been cancelled may be contacted by court administration to reschedule the hearing.
 
PLEASE NOTE: If your case will be heard or you must visit the Clay County Courthouse, please be aware of the following changes:
The Seventh Judicial District Court in Clay County is operated through the State of Minnesota and continues to be open for matters authorized under the Chief Justice’s Administrative Order.  Public access is limited to the parties and their attorneys who shall  appear remotely when feasible.  If you have any court related questions, please contact Court Administration at (218) 299-5065. Court Security Officers will meet citizens at the Courthouse entrance and provide directives.

Also, please note:
  • Those customers who need to file paperwork should call (218) 299-5065 for direction on filing their paperwork.
  • Efforts will be made to accommodate remote appearances for every scheduled hearing.
  • For persons who have business with the court other than Super High or High Priority hearings, eFiling, U.S. Mail, and telephone access will be available.
These measures should not adversely affect a litigant’s case in any way.