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

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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 Minnesota Judicial Branch is extending its limitation of in-person activities in court facilities for 45 days effective February 1, 2021: 
  • Remote Hearings: All hearings will be conducted remotely to the extent possible. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
  • Criminal Jury Trials: No new jury trials will begin before March 15, 2021, unless the Chief Judge grants an exception. Exceptions shall be granted for criminal cases that meet three criteria - speedy trial, in-custody defendant, and felony or non-felony person crime - unless a trial cannot be held safely due to local conditions.
  • Civil Jury Trials: No in-person civil jury trials will be held before March 15, 2021. Exceptions may be granted in limited circumstances.  A civil jury trial may take place remotely if all parties and the judge are in agreement.
  • Public Access: At least one counter service window must be open during normal business hours, excluding court holidays. Services may be provided remotely or by appointment only. See below for more information.
  • Self-Help Center services are available by phone and email.

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 »


Court Adminstraition Office Access

  • The Virginia Courthouse is open to those who need to access the court administration customer service office. Entry to the building is through the 2nd Street South door*.
    • Access to court administration is limited to those with court business. Friends of customers and others will be asked to wait outside.
*The 2nd Street South Door is not an ADA accessible door. A phone number will be placed at the ADA accessible door for those with ADA access needs.
 
  • A public access to court records computer is available.
  • Self-help center services are available remotely Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Call (651) 435-6535.
  • Wearing masks is required. Visit the St. Louis County Website for more information about the County’s COVID-19 procedures.
If you have a court case scheduled in St. Louis County District Court in Virginia, call (218) 749-7106 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.

Administrative Order - Order Governing the Continuing Operations of MN Judicial Branch
Administrative Order - Closure & Access to Judicial District Courthouse
Administrative Order - Court Operations in Civil Commitment Cases

June 11, 2020 Update
May 14, 2020 Update
April 14, 2020 Update
April 7, 2020 Update
March 24, 2020 Update