COVID-19 Information

Face Coverings

Face coverings are not required in court facilities. The Chief Judge of a Judicial District 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 CDC guidelines. Individuals who prefer to wear a face covering may continue to do so. Face coverings will be provided by court staff upon request.

 
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.

 
Current Court Operations

  • 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; Criminal Settlement Conferences; and Grand Jury Proceedings; and 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 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 (March 3, 2022) to manage in-person activities in a manner that prioritizes health and safety.
 
Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Orders and Information »
Safely Reopening Court Facilities Resources »

 

Public Access to Polk County Court Facilities

Public service counters and public access terminals (courthouse terminals) are open.

Face coverings may be required in courtrooms and public spaces of our court facilities. Face coverings will be provided to individuals who do not have one.  Individuals may wear face coverings in court facilities if they choose to do so.  Judges may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court hearings.
 

Other County-Specific Information

  • Court hearings are being conducted via Zoom.  The remote Zoom hearing information can be found in the Notice of Hearing, or contact your attorney or court administration.
  • If you have weak or no internet or cellphone service, you may attend hearings at the courthouse.
  • If one or more of the following forms are enclosed with your court summons, please return them by mail, fax, email, or in person at least five (5) days before your hearing.
  • If you have Exhibits, please mail, fax, email or deliver them in person to court administration at least five (5) business days before your hearing, if possible.
Contact Us
If you have questions about a case filed in Polk County District Court, you may contact us by phone or email: