Face Coverings and Social Distancing
Face coverings and social distancing will no longer be required in court facilities beginning July 6, 2021. Individuals may wear a face covering if they choose to do so, although judges may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court hearings
Current Court Operations
To continue operations in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, the following is effect through September 6, 2021:
- In-Person Hearings and Trials: Criminal Jury Trials; Civil Jury Trials; court trials in Major Criminal, Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Protection (including Child in Need of Protection or Services and Permanency cases types) cases; Criminal Settlement Conferences; and Grand Jury Proceedings continue to take place in-person. Mandatory misdemeanor criminal trials and contested hearings in these cases can be held in person beginning August 2, 2021.
- Remote Hearings: 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: At least one public service counter in each county, and one in the appellate courts, will be accessible between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding court holidays. Counter service can be provided remotely, by appointment, or in person.
- Self-Help Services: Self-Help services continue to be conducted by appointment, remotely, or by telephone.
- Courthouse Terminals: Courthouse terminals are available based on hours established by the local district court. See below for more details.
Mower County Justice Center is closed as of March 3, 2021. It will remain closed until appropriate COVID cleaning protocols have been put in place. Please call (507) 509-7013 to determine if your case will be heard or scheduled to a future date.
Due to an increase in local covid-19 cases the Mower County Justice Center will be closed to the public. Direct business with agencies housed in the Justice Center will be by appointment only at this time.
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.
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Due to an increase in local covid-19 cases the Mower County Justice Center will be closed to the public. Mower County District Court is open by appointment only.
You may call (507) 509-7013
for an appointment or for further instructions.
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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
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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.