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

Limited In-Person Activities at Court Facilities

To continue operations consistent with public health guidance and in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, the following will govern activities in court facilities:
 
  • Criminal Jury Trials: Criminal jury trials in all case types may be held in-person in accordance with the Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and approved local jury trial plans.
  • Civil Jury Trials: No in-person civil jury trials will commence before June 14, 2021, unless an exception is granted by the Chief Judge after consultation with the Chief Justice.
  • Hearings: Hearings across all case types will be conducted remotely to the extent possible; exceptions may include sentencing hearings in criminal cases in which there is a presumptive commitment to the Department of Corrections, and contested hearings when evidence is submitted in Major Criminal cases, Child Protection (CHIPS and Permanency) cases, Juvenile Delinquency cases, and omnibus hearings in Major Criminal cases, among other limited circumstances.
  • Appellate Courts: Proceedings in appeals pending before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court will continue as scheduled by those courts.
  • Case Filings: All courts will continue to accept case filings.
  • Public Access: At least one counter service window must be open in each county and for the appellate courts during normal business hours, excluding court holidays. Services may be provided by appointment, remotely or by telephone. See below for more information.
  • Media Access: For updates on access to public access terminals (courthouse terminals) and attending in-person court proceedings, contact the Court Information Office. 
  • 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 »


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