COVID-19 Information

Face Coverings
Face coverings may be required in courtrooms and public spaces of court facilities. See the county-specific section below for our current guidance on face coverings.
 
Social Distancing
Social distancing is not required in court facilities.
 
Current Court Operations
To continue operations in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, the following is effect:
 

  • 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 can be held in person beginning August 2, 2021.
  • Remote Hearings: All other district court proceedings will be held remotely unless the chief judge of the judicial district grants permission for an in-person proceeding based on extenuating circumstances.
  • Public Service Counters: At least one public service counter in each county, and one in the appellate courts, will be accessible between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding court holidays. Counter service can be provided remotely, by appointment, or in person.
  • Self-Help Services: Self-Help services continue to be conducted by appointment, remotely, or by telephone.
  • Courthouse Terminals: Courthouse terminals are available based on hours established by the local district court. See below for more details.

 
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 »
Safety Reopening Court Facilities Resources »


If you have a court case scheduled in Lincoln County District Court, please call (507) 694-1505​ to determine if your case will be heard or scheduled to a future date.  You may also contact the court by email and use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate county. The court administrator's office is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Lincoln County courthouse has implemented additional screening requirements for entry. Upon entering the building you will be required to:
  • Sanitize your hands
  • Disclose if you have had any COVID-19 symptoms
  • The entrance will be monitored