State Courts Limit In-Person Activity in Court Facilities Due to COVID-19 Spike.

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

New Limitations at Court Facilities

Per an order from Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea, the Minnesota Judicial Branch is limiting in-person activities in court facilities in response to increased COVID-19 infection rates in Minnesota:
  • Jury Trials: Jury trials in progress will continue until complete. No new jury trials will begin prior to February 1, 2021. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
  • Remote Hearings: All hearings will be conducted remotely. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
  • Public Access: At least one counter service window must be open during normal business hours. Services may be provided remotely or by appointment only. See below for current information on public access to our court facilities.
  • Self-Help Center services are available by phone and email.
Face coverings are required in all court facilities. If you do not have a face covering, see court staff immediately. 
If you are required to visit a court facility but have COVID-19 symptoms or have had COVID-19 exposure in the last 14 days contact the court or your attorney as soon as possible.

Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Orders and Information »
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Public Access to Aitkin County Court Facilities

Public service counters and public access terminals (courthouse terminals) are available during business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Other County-Specific Information

  • For customers who do not have access to the appropriate technology, Ipads are available at the courthouse to appear remotely for hearings.  Please call Aitkin County District Court at (218) 927-7350 to check availability for this service.
  • To appear in person for your court hearing, you must notify Court Administration two days in advance of the court date.
  • For customers appearing for a first hearing on criminal matters, please complete and submit the appropriate statement of rights to Court Administration as noted below.  Your hearing may be delayed if the court has not received this information by the court date.
  • You may complete the public defender application if you are requesting a court appointed attorney.

Criminal Forms

Felony-Gross Misdemeanor rights
Misdemeanor rights
Probation Violation rights
Public Defender Application

Submit your completed forms to Aitkin County Court Administration:
  • US MAIL TO: 209 2ND STREET NW RM 242A, AITKIN, MN 56431

Contact Us

If you have questions about a case filed in Aitkin County, you may contact us by phone or email: