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

COVID-19 Information

The courthouse public service counter and public access terminals (courthouse terminals) are open from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

You will be required to follow Minnesota Department of Health 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 continue to be conducted by phone and email only.
 

Note for parties and court administration customers:

Scott County Justice Center is open for essential court hearings only. 

The Scott County courthouse has implemented additional screening requirements for entry. Before entering the courthouse you will be required to:
• Disclose if you have had any COVID-19 symptoms
• Sanitize your hands
• Maintain social distancing
• Wear a face mask
 
If you have a court case scheduled, it’s possible your hearing may have been rescheduled.  If you are unsure whether or not your case was rescheduled, please call (952) 496-8200.  You may also contact the court by email and use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate county.


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