Update: October 18, 2021: 

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 required in all courtrooms and public spaces of court facilities. Individuals should talk to court staff immediately upon entry if they do not have access to a face covering or have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing one. Face coverings will be provided to individuals who do not have access to one. Judges may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court proceedings.
Distancing measures should be considered among people while in court facilities to the extent possible.
Symptoms and Contact
Do not visit any court facility if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus. If you are required to visit a court facility but have symptoms or have had exposure to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 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 October 18, 2021). The Plan addresses exposure control measures and specific recommendations the Judicial Branch will follow to manage in-person activities in a manner that prioritizes health and safety.
Court Operations
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
  • 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.
Media Access
For updates on county court operations, and access to courthouse terminals and in-person proceedings, contact the Court Information Office.

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



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