Face coverings are not required in a court facility. Individuals who prefer to wear a face covering may continue to do so. Face coverings will be provided by court staff upon request. The Chief Judge 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 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.
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Public Service Counters
Health and Safety Protocols
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.
The following public service counters are open:
- Hearing Office, Hennepin County Government Center Skyway level
- Note that the Hearing Office is not open for hearings, but for general questions only.
- Access to technology for remote (Zoom) hearings is also available at the Hearing Office.
- Records Center, Hennepin County Government Center Skyway level
- Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
- Criminal Division
- C-11, Hennepin County Government Center
- Traffic/Violations Bureau, Hennepin County Government Center
- Public Safety Facility
- Brookdale Courthouse
- Ridgedale Courthouse
- Civil Division, C-3, Hennepin County Government Center
- Includes Conciliation Court, Housing Court, and Judgments
- Probate/Mental Health Division, C-4, Hennepin County Government Center
- Juvenile Justice Center
- Family Justice Center
- Self-Help Centers
If you have a question about a court case scheduled in Hennepin County District Court call (612) 348-6000.
You may also contact the court by email
and use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate county.
Webpages available for select high-profile cases
Hennepin County District Court has created webpages for select high-profile cases filed in the court. These pages include all public documents filed in the cases, and other information that will be helpful to parties interested in the cases.
You may sign up to receive an email notice whenever the webpage is updated, by clicking on the “Sign up to receive updates” link at the top of each page.
District Court initiatives to reduce pretrial detention
Hennepin County District Court, in collaboration with justice partners, has and continues to work to manage the pretrial detention of people appropriately at the Adult Detention Center (Hennepin County jail). A document
outlining these efforts is available.
Court Seeks Qualified Psychological/Psychiatric Examiners
Hennepin County District Court invites psychologists or psychiatrists who meet the qualifications to express interest in being listed on the Roster of Qualified Examiners of the Psychological/Psychiatric Examiner Services Program of the Minnesota Judicial Branch, specifically to work as civil commitment examiner in Hennepin County Mental Health Court.
This is professional work requiring strong clinical and diagnostic skills, excellent writing abilities, comfort with videoconference evaluation, and capacity to successfully work in a fast-paced environment. Work includes performing forensic psychological evaluations of adult and/or adolescent clients largely through interview and record review. Emphasis of the work is on the evaluation of psychiatric symptoms, chemical health problems, and/or developmental disabilities in order to offer expert opinions regarding treatment needs and appropriateness of civil commitment.
Rostered examiners provide various district courts with access to qualified psychiatric or psychological examiners for appointment in civil commitment and/or Minn. R. Crim. P. Rule 20 proceedings. Examiners listed on the Roster are licensed physicians or psychologists, meet the definition of a qualified examiner according to Minn. Stat. 253B.02 Subd.7, and agree to comply with SCA Psychological/Psychiatric Examiner Services Policies. While previous experiences in civil commitment can be beneficial, we are also willing to provide training opportunities for qualified examiners looking to begin forensic work in this area. Additionally, this is a flexaable position that allows the examiner to select the days or case types they have interest in accepting.
Psychologists or psychiatrists who are interested in working in Hennepin County Mental Health Court should contact Dr. Elizabeth Barbo for further information about the position. For more information about the Roster of Qualified Examiners, please visit Minnesota Judicial Branch - Psychological Services Examiner (mncourts.gov).
Criminal Court Warrant Helpline
Hennepin County Criminal Court has a warrant helpline where you can call to get information about your warrant and schedule a court hearing to take care of your case. Your warrant will stay active until you go to court, which means you could still be arrested even though you have scheduled court over the phone. This service gives you an opportunity to schedule a date to take care of it. Visit the Criminal court homepage
for more information.
Video: Responding for jury duty in Hennepin County
Responding for jury duty? Watch a new video (5:08 minutes) to help you prepare. Please note,
this video does not reflect changes to facilities and protocols
that were put in place to meet social distancing and safety needs, due to COVID-19.
Video: Going to Criminal Court in Hennepin County
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(4:31 minutes) to help you prepare.
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Tickets & Fines
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