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 »

 Important Notice

Effective, Monday, November 30, 2020, the Rice County Courthouse is closed until further notice due to the recent surge of new cases of COVID-19 and increasing concerns for public health. 

We encourage you to call or email Rice County Court Administration to answer questions on how to file paperwork with the court for any type of case. Court Administration staff will advise you of the process and provide answers to your questions.  
 
Phone: (507) 497-7134 
Contact by email
Fax:  (507) 332-6199
 
All court hearings will be held remotely when possible. You should receive a notice of remote hearing that will include zoom information for your hearing.
If you received notice or were told to appear in-person during the time when the building is closed, there will be county staff to direct you to the appropriate courtroom. If you have a court case scheduled in Rice County District Court and have questions, please call (507) 497-7134.