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.  

Remote hearings will continue to take place and Self-Help Center services will continue to be conducted by phone and email only.  

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.
 
Online service and drop boxes are still available and recommended for use to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

If you have a court case scheduled in Dakota County District Court, call (651) 438-8100 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.

If you are scheduled for a remote hearing and you do not have access to appropriate technology or internet access to join the hearing remotely, you may visit a location offering these services for attending remote hearings.

The Dakota County courthouse has implemented additional screening requirements for entry.  Before entering the courthouse you will be required to:

  • Wear a face covering
  • Maintain social distancing

Dakota County COVID-19 Pandemic Family Case Process:

Dakota County updated its family case processing plan effective September 21, 2020.   Learn more about the updates at Dakota County COVID-19 Pandemic Family Case Processing.

 

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.