COVID-19 Information

Face Coverings
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:
 
  • 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; all Criminal proceedings; and Grand Jury Proceedings. 
  • 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
    • 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
    • Traffic/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: