State Courts Limit In-Person Activity in Court Facilities Due to COVID-19 Spike.

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

New Limitations at Court Facilities

Per an order from Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea, the Minnesota Judicial Branch is limiting in-person activities in court facilities in response to increased COVID-19 infection rates in Minnesota:
  • Jury Trials: Jury trials in progress will continue until complete. No new jury trials will begin prior to February 1, 2021. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
  • Remote Hearings: All hearings will be conducted remotely. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
  • Public Access: At least one counter service window must be open during normal business hours. Services may be provided remotely or by appointment only. See below for current information on public access to our court facilities.
  • Self-Help Center services are available by phone and email.
Face coverings are required in all court facilities. If you do not have a face covering, see court staff immediately. 
 
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 »
Safely Reopening Court Facilities Resources »
If you have a court case scheduled in Olmsted County District Court, call (507) 722-7264 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.

PLEASE NOTE: If your case will be heard or you must visit the Olmsted County Government Center after April 6, please be aware of the following changes:
Courtrooms remain open for business on a limited basis and are subject to the following conditions:
  • Access to the Olmsted County Government Center is limited to the parties participating in the hearing, attorneys who represents those parties, necessary court staff, and other individuals the presiding judge determines are necessary to conduct the hearing.
  • Representatives of the media are permitted to attend hearings held in the courtroom upon request. Consult the Judicial Branch website for more information regarding media requests.
  • Parties attending a hearing must enter the Government Center through the front entrance and must identify to the security deputy the hearing or proceeding for which their attendance is required (e.g. provide the name of the case or case number),  if there is not a security deputy at the front entrance, proceed to the law enforcement entrance and identify to the dispatcher the hearing or proceeding for which their attendance is required, parties will then be directed to the second-floor security checkpoint to get access to the 5th or 6th floor.
  • The court administration and self-help services are limited to electronic and telephone services.
  • For persons who have other business with the court, eFiling, U.S. Mail, and telephone access will be available. Contact Court Administration at (507) 722-7264.
  • Persons may also drop off paper filings with the security deputy at the front entrance.
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These measures should not adversely affect a litigant’s case in any way.