Non-Criminal Hearing Appearance

On April 19, 2022, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea issued an order  and announced a new Judicial Branch policy, the oneCourtMN Hearings Initiative Policy, laying out the framework for presumed hearing locations going forward.  The order and policy are effective June 6, 2022.
 
Judicial districts follow a statewide plan for using both remote and in-person hearings in non-criminal cases. Always look at your hearing notice for how to appear for court or contact the local court where the case is filed for more information about your hearing. View Case Types and Hearing Types Presumed Remote and In Person (PDF) to see the statewide plan.
 
Unless otherwise stated below, hearings in this category are generally remote. 
  • Evidentiary hearings are generally in person, except:
  • Contempt hearings are generally in person, except for those heard by magistrates in the expedited child support process.
  • Trials (including court and jury trials) are generally in person.
  • Adoption hearings are generally in person.
  • Child protection cases:
    • These hearings are generally in person:
      • Emergency Protective Care (EPC)
      • Admit/Deny
      • Permanency Progress Review
    • District courts may hold child protection hearings differently if it is approved by its chief judge.
  • Juvenile delinquency cases:
    • These hearings are generally in person:
      • Disposition
      • Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile (EJJ)
      • Restitution
      • Revocation (including EJJ revocation and contested)
  • Probate/Mental Health cases: Order to Show Cause hearings are generally in person.