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.  

District courts have resumed criminal jury trials in person in courtrooms with detailed safety and social distancing measures in place. Civil jury trials for previously scheduled trials that were put on hold when physical access to courthouses was limited began September 1, 2020, and civil jury trials for new cases will begin December 1, 2020.

Remote hearings will continue to take place and Self-Help Center services will continue to be conducted by phone and email, as well as appointments in limited situations.

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.
   
If you have a court case scheduled in Mower County District Court, call (507) 509-7013 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.

PLEASE NOTE: If your case will be heard or you must visit the Mower County Justice Center, please be aware of the following changes:
The Mower County Government Center will be locked, but the Mower County District Court is available to court customers that have essential business with the court.
  • The Mower County Justice Center will remain open for scheduled Super High and High Priority court hearings, and for other persons with prior approval of the court.  For approval, please call (507) 509-7013.
  • When arriving at the Justice Center for high and super high hearings, the front doors will be locked. Court visitors will need to call (507) 509-7013 to request to be let into the building. Visitors should remain at the front doors until they’ve been approved for entry.  Building security will approved visitors into the building and provide an escort to the courtroom.
  • Efforts will be made to accommodate remote appearances for every scheduled hearing.  Making the Record for Remote Appearances - Tips for Judges and Attorneys
  • Those customers who need to file paperwork MUST call (507) 509-7013 for directions about filing their paperwork.
  • For persons who have business with the court other than Super High or High Priority hearings, eFiling, U.S. Mail, and telephone access will be available.
 These measures should not adversely affect a litigant’s case in any way.