COVID-19 Information

Chief Justice Gildea issued an administrative order that requires face coverings in courtrooms and public spaces of court facilities. It also implements a revised Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that includes conditions the courts are expected to meet to manage in-person activities in a manner that prioritizes health and safety.  The order is effective October 19, 2021. All visitors will be required to:

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
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 COVID-19 symptoms or have had COVID-19 exposure in the last 14 days, contact the 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 (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.
 
Current Court Operations
The following types of hearings and trials may take place in person:
 
  • In-Person Hearings and Trials: Criminal Jury Trials; Civil Jury Trials; court trials in Major Criminal, Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Protection (including Child in Need of Protection or Services and Permanency cases types) cases; Criminal Settlement Conferences; and Grand Jury Proceedings continue to take place in-person. Mandatory misdemeanor criminal trials and contested hearings in these cases.
  • Remote Hearings: All other district court proceedings will be held remotely unless the chief judge grants permission for an in-person proceeding based on extenuating circumstances.  
Public Service Counters
The following public service counters are open:
  • Hearing Office, Hennepin County Government Center Skyway level
    • Note that the Hearing Office is not open for hearings, but for general questions only.
    • Access to technology for remote (Zoom) hearings is also available at the Hearing Office.
  • Records Center, Hennepin County Government Center Skyway level
    • Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Criminal Division
    • C-11, Hennepin County Government Center
    • Public Safety Facility
    • Brookdale Courthouse
    • Ridgedale Courthouse
  • Civil Division, C-3, Hennepin County Government Center
    • Includes Conciliation Court, Housing Court, and Judgments
  • Probate/Mental Health Division, C-4, Hennepin County Government Center
  • Juvenile Justice Center
  • Family Justice Center
  • Self-Help Center 
If you have a question about a court case scheduled in Hennepin County District Court call (612) 348-6000.  You may also contact the court by email and use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate county.
 
Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Orders and Information »
Safety Reopening Court Facilities Resources »


Additional orders regarding court operations are below: