The response to COVID-19 has impacted access to courthouses and may change the way cases are handled. Learn more »

COVID-19 Information

Beginning June 15, 2020 the courthouse public service counter and public access terminals (courthouse terminals) are open at the Judicial Center in Hastings from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The Northern Service Center in West St. Paul and Western Service Center in Apple Valley remain closed until further notice.  Please note that online services and drop boxes are still available and recommended for use to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
 
You will be required to follow Minnesota Department of Heath social distancing guidelines while in the courthouse.  Learn more about safety measures all courthouses are following to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by visiting the Reopening webpage.
Learn more about how courts have responded to COVID-19 by the Emergency webpage.
 
Remote hearings will continue to take place and Self-Help Center services will be conducted by phone and email only. 

If you have a court case scheduled in Dakota County District Court, call (651) 438-8100 to determine if your case will be heard or scheduled to a future date.  You may also contact the court by email and use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate county.
 
The Dakota County courthouse has implemented additional screening requirements for entry.  Before entering the courthouse you will be required to:

  • Wear a face covering
  • Maintain social distancing

If you have a court case scheduled in Dakota County District Court, call (651) 438-8100 to determine if your case will be heard or scheduled to a future date. You may also contact the court by email and use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate county.

Public Outreach Addressing Use of Remote Technology in Dakota County Housing Court
As a result of Governor Walz’s Executive Orders 20-14 and 20-53, most eviction actions have been stayed since March 25, 2020. It is not known if the stay will be extended from its current expiration date. To plan for the eventual return to handling of all eviction cases at a time when mass in-court hearings will not address COVID-19 pandemic concerns, the Court seeks public input on the use of remote video- and phone-conferencing technology in place of in-court hearings.
The meeting to gather this input will be held remotely using Zoom on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. This Zoom will be accessible online at
www.zoomgov.com or by phone toll-free at 1-833-568- 8864. The meeting ID is 161 312 5018, and the password is 837239.
If you intend to participate in the meeting or are unable to participate but have input you would like to share, please send an email through our contact form.

Beginning May 4, 2020 Dakota County District Court will begin processing the back-log of family cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Learn more about Dakota County COVID-19 Pandemic Family Case Processing.

Remote Expedited Temporary Relief (RETR) in Family Cases:

All counties in the 1st Judicial District will be participating in the Remote Expedited Temporary Relief (RETR) Program.  RETR is a temporary program to facilitate case management during the COVID-19 Emergency.  RETR is a Minn. R. Gen. Prac. 114.02(a) (10) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process.    

This program permits the parties to retain a third party to provide binding ADR services to resolve temporary relief issues in family cases.  The process is truncated in at least three ways: volume of submissions, time limits on the process, and deadlines.  RETR follows the Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE) / Moderated Settlement Conferences (MSC) model for fees and includes a four hour flat fee rate charged by the ADR provider. To participate review RETR program information and file Stipulation and Order for RETR.