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Face Coverings and Social Distancing
Face coverings and social distancing will no longer be required in court facilities beginning July 6, 2021. Individuals may wear a face covering if they choose to do so, although judges may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court hearings

Current Court Operations
To continue operations in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, the following is effect through September 6, 2021:
 

  • 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 can be held in person beginning August 2, 2021.
  • Remote Hearings: All other district court proceedings will be held remotely unless the chief judge of the judicial district 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: Self-Help services continue to be conducted by appointment, remotely, or by telephone.
  • Courthouse Terminals: Courthouse terminals are available based on hours established by the local district court. See below for more details.

 
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.

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Public Access to Crow Wing County Court Facilities

Public service counters and public access terminals (courthouse terminals) are available during the business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

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 Crow Wing County District Court at (218) 824-1310 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 Crow Wing County Court Administration:
 
  • US MAIL TO: 213 LAUREL STREET, SUITE 11, BRAINERD, MN 56401
  • DROP OFF AT THE COURT ADMINISTRATION COUNTER
  • PUT IN DROP BOX BY FRONT SECURITY IN THE JUDICIAL CENTER

Contact Us

If you have questions about a case filed in Crow Wing County, you may contact us by phone or email: