Face coverings are not required in court facilities. The Chief Judge of a Judicial District is authorized to require face coverings in a court facility if a county is designated as a "high” COVID-19 Community Level
in accordance with CDC guidelines. Individuals who prefer to wear a face covering may continue to do so. Face coverings will be provided by court staff upon request.
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 5 days, contact the court or your attorney as soon as possible.
Current Court Operations
Health and Safety Protocols
- 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; Criminal Settlement Conferences; and Grand Jury Proceedings; and 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 Services 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.
All courts are expected to meet conditions established by the Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
(March 3, 2022) 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 »
Face Covering Requirement
- Face coverings are not currently required in the court facility. Judges may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court hearings.
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