Safely Reopening Court Facilities

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District and appellate courts are following a thorough and gradual approach to increasing the number and type of in-person activities held in court facilities as the conditions of the pandemic evolve in Minnesota. The courts continue to follow guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of court interactions.

Do not visit any court facility if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you are required to visit a court facility but have symptoms or have had exposure to someone with COVID-19 in the last 5 days, contact the county court or your attorney as soon as possible.

Face coverings are not required in court facilities. A Chief Judge of a Judicial District 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 CDC guidelines. Individuals who prefer to wear a face covering may continue to do so. Face coverings will be provided by court staff upon request.


The Minnesota Judicial Branch is following notification protocols based on guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The courts will notify all individuals who were in close contact in a court facility with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
Court facilities are owned and operated by county leadership, not the courts. Therefore, local requirements for entry may vary.

Select the county you are visiting to learn more about local expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic for courthouse entry.

Select a County:

For information about Aitkin County’s local requirements for courthouse entry, please visit the Aitkin COVID-19 webpage. If you have questions about visiting the courthouse please contact the court via email or phone (218) 927-7350.

Public Service Counter

The public service counter is open Monday – Friday, excluding holidays, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Appellate Filings

Appellate filings continue to be accepted via e-filing through the E-MACS system and by U.S. Mail at:
Office of the Clerk of the Appellate Courts
305 Judicial Center
25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155.    

By Phone

Telephone inquiries are answered Monday - Friday, excluding holidays, between the hours of 8:00 a.m and 4:30 p.m. Voicemail is available afterhours and when all staff members are assisting other callers.

For additional information please visit the Office of the Clerk of the Appellate Courts web page.