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 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. 
 
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 »
Safely Reopening Court Facilities Resources »
 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.  
× Mower County Justice Center Open by Appointment Only
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 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.