State Courts Limit In-Person Activity in Court Facilities Due to COVID-19 Spike.

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

New Limitations at Court Facilities

Per an order from Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea, the Minnesota Judicial Branch is limiting in-person activities in court facilities in response to increased COVID-19 infection rates in Minnesota:
  • Jury Trials: Jury trials in progress will continue until complete. No new jury trials will begin prior to February 1, 2021. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
  • Remote Hearings: All hearings will be conducted remotely. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
  • Public Access: At least one counter service window must be open during normal business hours. Services may be provided remotely or by appointment only. See below for current information on public access to our court facilities.
  • 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 »
 

If you have a court case scheduled in Watonwan County District Court, call (507) 375-1236 Option 4​​ 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 drop down menu to select the appropriate county.

The Watonwan County courthouse public service counter and public access terminal(s) are accessible by appointment only at this time.
Call (507) 375-1236, Option 4 to schedule an appointment.

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the Courthouse will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Masks are required.  Workers are required to wear a mask if they are not separated by a barrier or they cannot effectively social distance.