COVID-19 Information

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required in courtrooms and public spaces of court facilities. Individuals should talk to court staff immediately upon entry if they do not have access to a face covering or have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing one. Face coverings will be provided to individuals who do not have access to one. Judges may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court hearings.
 

Distancing

Distancing measures should be considered among people while in court facilities to the extent possible.
 

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 14 days, contact the court or your attorney as soon as possible.
 

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 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.

  • 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: 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 will continue to be conducted by appointment, remotely, or by telephone.

  • Courthouse Terminals are available based on hours established by the local district court. See below for more details.

 

Health and Safety Protocols

All courts are expected to meet conditions established by the Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (October 18, 2021). The Plan addresses exposure control measures and specific recommendations the Judicial Branch will follow to manage in-person activities in a manner that prioritizes health and safety.
 
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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.

Face Covering Requirement
  • Face coverings are required in courtrooms and public spaces of our court facilities. Face coverings will be provided to individuals who do not have one. Judges may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court hearings.
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.