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 »

 

Face Coverings

Face coverings may be required in courtrooms and public spaces of our court facilities.  Contact us for more information.  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.

When entering the Sibley County courthouse please note:
  • Hand-sanitizing stations are available, and
  • Disclose if you have had any COVID-19 symptoms or are not feeling well
If you have a court case scheduled in Sibley County District Court, call (507) 237-4051 to determine if your case will be heard or scheduled to a future date. You may also contact the court by email.

If you do not have access to internet, or are unable to connect by video and audio for a Zoom hearing, please contact the local Court Administrator’s Office for further information.

Remote Expedited Temporary Relief (RETR) in Family Cases:

All counties in the 1st Judicial District will be participating in the Remote Expedited Temporary Relief (RETR) Program.  RETR is a temporary program to facilitate case management during the COVID-19 Emergency.  RETR is a Minn. R. Gen. Prac. 114.02(a) (10) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process.    

This program permits the parties to retain a third party to provide binding ADR services to resolve temporary relief issues in family cases.  The process is truncated in at least three ways: volume of submissions, time limits on the process, and deadlines.  RETR follows the Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE) / Moderated Settlement Conferences (MSC) model for fees and includes a four hour flat fee rate charged by the ADR provider. To participate review RETR program information and file Stipulation and Order for RETR.