Courts are expected to meet conditions established by the Judicial Council-approved Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
. The Preparedness Plan addresses exposure control measures and specific recommendations courts will follow in order to begin further in-person courthouse activities. The Preparedness Plan addresses expectations for:
- Social Distancing
- Face Coverings
- Cleaning and Disinfecting the Work Environment
- Partitions and Barriers
- Non-Public Facing Staff
- Public Facing Staff
- Handling Mail and Hand-Delivered Documents
- Purchases for Ongoing Operations
Once courts have ensured they are in compliance with the Preparedness Plan, they will implement Transitional Case Strategies for Civil
, and Probate
case types, which detail the strategies for resuming more in-person courthouse activity for litigants and employees.
Any hearing or case type not covered by the Transitional Case Strategies will continue to be held using virtual, remote technology. Beginning May 18, 2020, judges and employees may return to their offices to work at the court or other Judicial Branch facility on a gradual basis, to support in-person, remote, and other work as provided in the Transitional Case Strategies and consistent with the Preparedness Plan.
Litigants and attorneys required to participate in remote hearings, and interested members of the public who wish to listen to or view public hearings, can find information about remote hearings and the associated technology at mncourts.gov/remote-hearings