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COVID-19 Information

Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea issued an order on March 20, 2020 regarding the continuing operations of state courts during the COVID-19 pandemic; the order was amended by a March 23, 2020 order. The March 20 order as amended is effective Monday, March 23 through April 22.

Except for where hearings are required to be held under the order, or can be conducted using remote technology, many court appearances are suspended under this order. The status of your case will not be adversely affected by this decision. More information about this order is available at www.mncourts.gov/Emergency.


If you have a court case scheduled in Sibley County District Court, call (507) 237-4051 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.

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.