As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to challenge many Americans, the MN State Court announced changes to current procedures in late November. This latest action hopes to limit in-person activity in court facilities, requiring more remote hearings and procedures through January 31st, 2021. The MN Judicial Branch is acting to align with health guidance as conditions continue to evolve. Some of the recent changes include:
- Remote Hearings: Hearings across all case types will be conducted remotely until February 1, 2021. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
- 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.
- Case Filings: All courts will continue to accept case filings.
- Public Access: At least one counter service window must be open in each county and for the appellate courts during normal business hours. Some services may be provided remotely or by appointment only. For more information on county courthouse entry, contact the county court.
- Media Access: For updates on county court operations and access to public access terminals (courthouse terminals), contact the Court Information Office.
- Self-Help Center services are available by appointment, remotely or by telephone.
- The Minnesota State Law Library is open by appointment only.
For specific information on cases or proceedings, please contact your attorney or representative. For more information, including details on Grand Juries, Appellate Courts, and Civil Commitment, see State Courts Limit In-Person Activities in Court Facilities. Learn more about the MN Judicial Branch Covid-19 Preparedness plan here.