Update: July 30, 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 may be required in courtrooms and public spaces of court facilities. These decisions will be made at the local level and can vary by county. For information about local requirements for face coverings in court facilities, contact your county courthouse.
Social Distancing
Social distancing is not required in court facilities.
Court Operations
To continue operations in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, the following is effect:
In-Person Hearings and Trials:
  • 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 can be held in person beginning August 2, 2021.


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, if required by local conditions.
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.

County-specific District Court Information


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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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