Face coverings are not required in a court facility. Individuals who prefer to wear a face covering may continue to do so. Face coverings will be provided by court staff upon request. The Chief Judge is authorized to require face coverings in a court facility if a county is designated as a ”high” COVID-19 Community Level
in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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 5 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
(March 3, 2022) 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:
Public Service Counters
- 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; Criminal Settlement Conferences; and Grand Jury Proceedings; and 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.
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
- Violations Bureau, Hennepin County Government Center Skyway level
- 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: