COVID-19 Information

Face Coverings

Face coverings are not required in a court facility. Individuals who prefer to wear a face covering may continue to do so. Face coverings will be provided by court staff upon request. The Chief Judge 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 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
 

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 symptoms or have had exposure to someone with COVID-19 in the last 5 days, contact the county 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 case 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 Center 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 (March 3, 2022) to manage in-person activities in a manner that prioritizes health and safety.


Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Orders and Information »
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Ramsey County District Court Information


Effective March 7, 2022,  the face covering requirement has been lifted for every person entering a court facility, as set forth in the order dated October 18, 2021.  Court customers in all other public areas of the courthouse will be required to follow Ramsey County building protocols as posted at building entrances.

Effective May 3, 2021, The Suburban Courthouse Customer Service Counter will be open.    Criminal and Traffic customer service and fine payments at the Maplewood location will be available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Public access terminals are now available at this location, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

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 Judge Leonardo Castro 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-box site for documents.   Note: Due to sidewalk renovations, the drop-box will temporarily be located on the Wabasha side of the building. 
 

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.  
 

Civil Division

Information for scheduling a case in the Civil Division, including Conciliation, Housing and Probate court. 

Resources for Remote Participation and Viewing of Court Hearings