oneCourtMN Hearings Initiative (OHI)

What is the OneCourtMN Hearings Initiative (OHI)?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Judicial Branch (MJB) kept the doors to justice open by moving most of its hearings online. For the first time in its history, those involved in cases could attend hearings in a virtual courtroom instead of a courthouse. When court customers, attorneys, government partners, judges, and staff told us what they thought of this practice, the message was clear: continue to offer remote hearings.  

On June 6, 2022, the Branch made remote hearings a lasting part of how it does business. In some case types, hearings are held in person, remotely, or a hybrid of the two. Which case and hearing types are right for remote or in-person attendance was decided by Judicial Council, the Minnesota Judicial Branch governing body. It also knew there was work ahead to make both remote and in-person hearings better. To that end, it formed the oneCourtMN Hearings Initiative, or OHI.

OHI is staffed by judges and staff from all levels of the organization. Together, they focus on how to use remote hearings wisely and make all hearings run smoothly. OHI gathers and analyzes data on how hearings are held, creates real life solutions to hearing challenges, offers training to users of our applications and processes, and keeps open the channels of communication.

More information about remote and in-person hearings can be found on the Going to Court and Remote Hearings pages.
The voices of those who use the courts drives OHI’s work. Throughout the year, the public, legal professionals, Minnesota state partner agencies, and others share their hearing experiences through meetings, surveys, and presentations. This feedback shapes the Initiative’s work in the service of equal justice to fit the needs of our customers.

Please share your remote and in-person hearing experiences by taking this brief survey.

Summaries of the OHI justice partner meetings are available below. 
To get an idea of what we’ve heard at recent meetings with those we serve, click on a link below.

May/June 2022 Meetings

October/November 2022 Meetings