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 following will govern activities in court facilities:
- Criminal Jury Trials: Criminal jury trials in all case types may be held in-person in accordance with the Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and approved local jury trial plans.
- Civil Jury Trials: No in-person civil jury trials will commence before June 14, 2021, unless an exception is granted by the Chief Judge after consultation with the Chief Justice.
- Hearings: Hearings across all case types will be conducted remotely to the extent possible; exceptions may include sentencing hearings in criminal cases in which there is a presumptive commitment to the Department of Corrections, and contested hearings when evidence is submitted in Major Criminal cases, Child Protection (CHIPS and Permanency) cases, Juvenile Delinquency cases, and omnibus hearings in Major Criminal cases, among other limited circumstances.
- Appellate Courts: Proceedings in appeals pending before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court will continue as scheduled by those courts.
- Case Filings: All courts will continue to accept case filings.
- Public Access: At least one counter service window must be open in each county and for the appellate courts during normal business hours, excluding court holidays. Services may be provided by appointment, remotely or by telephone. See below for more information.
- Media Access: For updates on access to public access terminals (courthouse terminals) and attending in-person court proceedings, contact the Court Information Office.
- Self-Help Center services are available by appointment, remotely, or by telephone.
Face coverings are required in all court facilities. If you do not have a face covering, see court staff immediately.
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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.
Public Access to Dodge Court Facilities
Public service counters and public access terminals (courthouse terminals) are available 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
- If you have a court case scheduled in Dodge County District Court, please call (507) 624-7010 to determine if your case will be heard or scheduled to a future date. You may also contact the court by email. Parties to actions where a hearing has been cancelled may be contacted by court administration to reschedule the hearing.
- Efforts will be made to accommodate remote appearances for every scheduled hearing. Making the Record for Remote Appearances - Tips for Judges and Attorneys These measures should not adversely affect a litigant’s case in any way.
If you have questions about a case filed in Dodge County, you may contact us by phone or email: