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

Hennepin County has implemented additional requirements for entry to all county buildings, which include all Hennepin County District Court courthouses. All visitors will be required to:
 
  • Wear a face covering
  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance.
Do not enter the building if you have had any COVID-19 symptoms.

Court operations continue to be in a transitional phase. To continue operations in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, the following is in effect June 14, 2021 – September 6, 2021:
  • Criminal jury trials will be held in person.
  • Civil jury trials can be held in person, as long as they do not interfere with a Major Criminal proceeding.
  • Major Criminal, Juvenile Protection (including CHIPS and Permanency), and Juvenile Delinquency trials and contested hearings will be held in person.
  • Criminal settlement conferences will be held in person.
  • Grand jury proceedings will be held in person.
  • Mandatory Misdemeanor Criminal trials and contested hearings are to be held in person beginning August 2, 2021.
  • 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: The following public service counters are open:
    • Hearing Office, Hennepin County Government Center Skyway level

      • Note the Hearing Office is not open for hearings, but for general questions only.

      • Access to technology for remote (Zoom) hearings is also available at the Hearing Office.
    • Records Center, Hennepin County Government Center Skyway level
      • Hours are 8 a.m. to noon, Monday-Friday, no copy service available.
    • ​​Self-Help Center services are available by phone and email.​
  • If you have a question about a court case scheduled in Hennepin County District Court call (612) 348-6000.  You may also contact the court by email and use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate county.
Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Orders and Information »
Safety Reopening Court Facilities Resources »


Additional orders regarding court operations are below: