State Courts Limit In-Person Activity 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

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 Minnesota Judicial Branch is extending its limitation of in-person activities in court facilities for 45 days effective February 1, 2021: 

  • Remote Hearings: All hearings will be conducted remotely to the extent possible. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
  • Criminal Jury Trials: No new jury trials will begin before March 15, 2021, unless the Chief Judge grants an exception. Exceptions shall be granted for criminal cases that meet three criteria - speedy trial, in-custody defendant, and felony or non-felony person crime - unless a trial cannot be held safely due to local conditions.
  • Civil Jury Trials: No in-person civil jury trials will be held before March 15, 2021. Exceptions may be granted in limited circumstances.  A civil jury trial may take place remotely if all parties and the judge are in agreement.
  • Public Access: At least one counter service window must be open during normal business hours, excluding court holidays. Services may be provided remotely or by appointment only. See below for more information.
  • 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 »
Safety Reopening Court Facilities Resources »

 Important Notice

Effective, Wednesday, November 18, 2020, the Freeborn County Government Center is closed until further notice due to the recent surge of new cases of COVID-19 and increasing concerns for public health. Courts and the public service counter will remain open at this time. 

We encourage you to utilize our drop box at the Law Enforcement entrance if you have paperwork to file with the court for any type of case or call our office at (507) 668-6014 and staff will advise you of the process. 
 
All court hearings will be held remotely when possible. If you received notice or were told to appear in-person during the time when the building is closed, there will be County staff to you to the appropriate courtroom. If you have a court case scheduled in Freeborn County District Court and have questions, please call (507) 668-6014. You may also email the court with non-urgent questions.