COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Face Coverings
Face coverings are required in all courtrooms and public spaces of court facilities. Individuals should talk to court staff immediately upon entry if they do not have access to a face covering or have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing one. Face coverings will be provided to individuals who do not have access to one. Judges may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court proceedings.

Distancing
Distancing measures should be considered among people while in court facilities to the extent possible.
 

Symptoms and Contact

Do not visit any court facility if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus. 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. 

 

Current Court Operations

The following types of hearings and trials may take place in person:

  • 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.
  • Remote Hearings: All other district court proceedings will be held remotely unless the chief judge 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 Center will continue to be conducted by appointment, remotely, or by telephone.
  • Courthouse Terminals are available based on hours established by the local district court. See below for more details/
 

Health and Safety Protocols

All courts are expected to meet conditions established by the Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (October 18, 2021). The Plan addresses exposure control measures and specific recommendations the Judicial Branch will follow to manage in-person activities in a manner that prioritizes health and safety.

Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Orders and Information »
Safely Reopening Court Facilities Resources »


Ramsey County District Court Information


Effective August 2, 2021, face coverings are required to be worn in all courtrooms and jury assembly areas.  Court customers in all other public areas of the courthouse will be required to follow Ramsey County building protocols as posted at building entrances.

Effective May 3, 2021, The Suburban Courthouse Customer Service Counter will be open.    Criminal and Traffic customer service and fine payments at the Maplewood location will be available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Public access terminals are now available at this location, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Effective November 30, 2020,  no court hearings will be held at the Law Enforcement Center.  Public service counters and public access terminals will not be available at this location.

Beginning June 15, 2020, the courthouse public service counters and public access terminals (courthouse terminals) will be open at the St. Paul Downtown Courthouse from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The public counter in the Domestic Abuse and Harassment Office at the Juvenile Family Center will also be open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Remote hearings will continue to take place, and in-person hearings will gradually increase as space and social distancing concerns are addressed.  Self-Help services will continue to be conducted by phone and email only.  There will also be a Self-Help work station available beginning June 15, 2020 at the St. Paul Downtown Courthouse in Room 170 and the Law Library on the 18th floor.  If you have any questions regarding a court case scheduled at a Ramsey County District Court location, call (651) 266-8266.
  
Local court operations changes are available on the COVID-19 Information Guide. Refer to judicial orders from Chief Judge Leonardo Castro regarding Ramsey County Court access and closures during COVID-19.

For the limited situations in which it is not possible for a resident to interact with Ramsey County Court via telephone or online options, the St. Paul Downtown Courthouse on 4th and Kellogg will serve as a secure drop-box site for documents.   Note: Due to sidewalk renovations, the drop-box will temporarily be located on the Wabasha side of the building. 
 

Criminal and Traffic Division

Individuals with an active case in Ramsey County Criminal or Traffic Court can now request a hearing if they are out of custody. To request a hearing for a Criminal/Traffic Division case, please submit this form.  It will be reviewed by court staff, they will contact you with additional information.  Responses may take up to 2-3 business days.   

Resources for Remote Participation and Viewing of Court Hearings

Civil Division COVID-19 Case Priority List

Juvenile and Family Division COVID-19 Case Priority List
Family Division Recovery Plan 5/11/2020