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 »
If you have a court case scheduled in Olmsted County District Court, call (507) 722-7264 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 Olmsted County Government Center after April 6, please be aware of the following changes:
Courtrooms remain open for business on a limited basis and are subject to the following conditions:
  • Access to the Olmsted County Government Center is limited to the parties participating in the hearing, attorneys who represents those parties, necessary court staff, and other individuals the presiding judge determines are necessary to conduct the hearing.
  • Representatives of the media are permitted to attend hearings held in the courtroom upon request. Consult the Judicial Branch website for more information regarding media requests.
  • Parties attending a hearing must enter the Government Center through the front entrance and must identify to the security deputy the hearing or proceeding for which their attendance is required (e.g. provide the name of the case or case number),  if there is not a security deputy at the front entrance, proceed to the law enforcement entrance and identify to the dispatcher the hearing or proceeding for which their attendance is required, parties will then be directed to the second-floor security checkpoint to get access to the 5th or 6th floor.
  • The court administration and self-help services are limited to electronic and telephone services.
  • For persons who have other business with the court, eFiling, U.S. Mail, and telephone access will be available. Contact Court Administration at (507) 722-7264.
  • Persons may also drop off paper filings with the security deputy at the front entrance.
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These measures should not adversely affect a litigant’s case in any way.