Update: March 4, 2022: 

The Minnesota Judicial Branch continues to be in a transitional phase, as established by orders from Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea:


Face Coverings

Face coverings are not required in a court facility. The Chief Judge of a Judicial District may require face coverings in a court facility if a county is designated as High COVID-19 Community Level in accordance with current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Individuals who prefer to wear a face covering may continue to do so. Face coverings will be provided by court staff upon request.

Symptoms and Contact

Do not visit any court facility if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you are required to visit a court facility but have symptoms or have had exposure to someone with COVID-19 in the last 5 days, contact the county court or your attorney as soon as possible.

Health and Safety Protocols

All courts are expected to meet conditions established by the Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (dated March 4, 2022) to manage in-person activities in a manner that prioritizes health and safety.

In-Person Hearings and Trials

The following types of hearings and trials may take place in person: Criminal jury trials; Civil jury trials; Court trials in Major Criminal, Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Protection, including CHIPS and Permanency case types; Criminal settlement conferences; Grand Jury proceedings; and Mandatory misdemeanor criminal trials and contested hearings in these cases. The presiding judge may limit the number of persons in attendance at an in-person proceeding, other than the parties, attorneys representing the parties, and necessary court staff.

Remote Hearings

All other district court proceedings are held remotely unless the chief judge of the judicial district grants permission for an in-person proceeding based on extenuating circumstances.

Appellate Courts

Proceedings in issues and appeals before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court will continue as scheduled by those courts.

Civil Commitment

Proceedings before the Commitment Appeal Panel will continue as scheduled by the Panel and may be conducted by remote technology.

Public Service Counters

At least one public service counter in each county, and one in the appellate courts, will be accessible between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding court holidays. Counter service can be provided remotely, by appointment, or in person. Contact the county court for more information.

Self-Help Center

Self-Help Center services continue to be conducted by appointment, remotely, or by telephone.

Courthouse Terminals

Courthouse (public access) terminals are available based on hours established by the local district court.

County-specific District Court Information


Select a County:

For information about Aitkin County’s local requirements for courthouse entry and other county-specific information, please visit the Aitkin County COVID-19 webpage.