COVID-19 Information

Gradual Return to In-Person Proceedings

Court operations continue to be in a transitional phase. To continue operations in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, the following is in effect June 14, 2021 – September 6, 2021:
 
  • Criminal Jury trials will be held in person.
  • Civil Jury trials can be held in person, as long as they do not interfere with a Major Criminal proceeding.
  • Major Criminal, Juvenile Protection (including CHIPS and Permanency), and Juvenile Delinquency trials and contested hearings will be held in person.
  • Criminal settlement conferences will be held in person.
  • Grand jury proceedings will be held in person.
  • Mandatory Misdemeanor Criminal trials and contested hearings are to be held in person beginning August 2, 2021.
  • 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 Counter Services may be provided by appointment, remotely or by telephone. See below for more information.
  • Self-Help Center services are available by phone and email.

Face Coverings and Social Distancing  
Currently, all state courts require six-feet social distancing and mandatory use of face coverings in all areas of a court facility. Effective June 14, 2021:

  • Social distancing will not be required for brief interactions or when people are wearing face coverings. Brief interaction is defined as when two or more different households are within six feet of each other for less than 15 minutes total within a 24-hour period.
  • Face coverings will be required inside courtrooms and in jury deliberation spaces. Presiding judges may allow for removal of face coverings in the courtroom if deemed necessary, as long as six feet of physical distance can be maintained while the face coverings are removed. Face coverings in public areas of a county-owned court facility will be required if local government guidelines mandate their use. Any person who wishes to wear a face covering in a court facility may do so.

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 »


Ramsey County District Court Information

Effective May 3, 2021, The Suburban Courthouse Customer Service Counter will be open.   Courtrooms will be utilized for trials only. Public access for trials will be available Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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 will not be available at this location.

Effective November 30, 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 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-off site for documents during regular business hours.
 

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