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

Hennepin County has implemented additional requirements for entry to all county buildings, which include all Hennepin County District Court courthouses. All visitors will be required to:
 
  • Wear a face covering
  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance.
Do not enter the building if you have had any COVID-19 symptoms.

To continue operations consistent with public health guidance and in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, the following will govern activities in court facilities: 
 
  • Criminal Jury Trials: Criminal jury trials in all case types may be held in-person in accordance with the Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and approved local jury trial plans.

  • Civil Jury Trials: No in-person civil jury trials will commence before June 14, 2021, unless an exception is granted by the Chief Judge after consultation with the Chief Justice.

  • Hearings: Hearings across all case types will be conducted remotely to the extent possible. Exceptions may include sentencing hearings in criminal cases in which there is a presumptive commitment to the Department of Corrections, and contested hearings when evidence is submitted in Major Criminal cases, Child Protection (CHIPS and Permanency) cases, Juvenile Delinquency cases, and omnibus hearings in Major Criminal cases, among other limited circumstances.

  • Public Service Counters: The following public service counters are open:
    • Hearing Office, Hennepin County Government Center Skyway level

      • Note 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 a.m. to noon, Monday-Friday, no copy service available.
    • ​​Self-Help Center services are available by phone and email.​
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.

You will be required to follow Minnesota Department of Health social distancing guidelines while in the courthouse. Learn more about safety measures all courthouses are following to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by visiting the Reopening webpage.

Learn more about how courts have responded to COVID-19 by the Emergency webpage.


Local court operations changes are available on the COVID-19 Information Guide. Additional orders regarding court operations are below:

The COVID-19 Information Guide also explains what to do if you cannot determine from the Information Guide how your case is being handled. Instead of coming to court with your questions about Hennepin County cases, please call the phone numbers in the Information Guide so we can avoid all unnecessary traffic at our courthouse facilities. Additional details are available in the COVID-19-related Courtroom Practices Guide.