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 will continue to be conducted 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 »


Ramsey County District Court Information

Effective November 30, 2020, The Suburban Courthouse will be closed   Court hearings, public service counters and public access terminals will not be available at this location. 

Effective November 30, no court hearings will be held at the Law Enforcement Center.  Public service counters and public access terminals will not be available at this location.

Beginning June 15, 2020, the courthouse public service counters and public access terminals (courthouse terminals) will be open at the St. Paul Downtown Courthouse from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The public counter in the Domestic Abuse and Harassment Office at the Juvenile Family Center will also be open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Remote hearings will continue to take place, and in-person hearings will gradually increase as space and social distancing concerns are addressed.  Self-Help services will continue to be conducted by phone and email only.  There will also be a Self-Help work station available beginning June 15, 2020 at the St. Paul Downtown Courthouse in Room 170 and the Law Library on the 18th floor.  If you have any questions regarding a court case scheduled at a Ramsey County District Court location, call (651) 266-8266.
  
Local court operations changes are available on the COVID-19 Information Guide. Refer to judicial orders from Chief John H. Guthmann regarding Ramsey County Court access and closures during COVID-19.

For the limited situations in which it is not possible for a resident to interact with Ramsey County Court via telephone or online options, the St. Paul Downtown Courthouse on 4th and Kellogg will serve as a secure drop-off site for documents during regular business hours.
 

Criminal and Traffic Division

Individuals with an active case in Ramsey County Criminal or Traffic Court can now request a hearing if they are out of custody. To request a hearing for a Criminal/Traffic Division case, please submit this form.  It will be reviewed by court staff, they will contact you with additional information.  Responses may take up to 2-3 business days.   

Resources for Remote Participation and Viewing of Court Hearings

Civil Division COVID-19 Case Priority List

Juvenile and Family Division COVID-19 Case Priority List
Family Division Recovery Plan 5/11/2020