Hennepin County Government Center is Closed
The Hennepin County Government Center is currently closed, and many services have been relocated.
Limited in-person services are available at the Family Justice Center. Information about service impacts is also available in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong. For additional assistance, please call our Centralized Contact Center at (612) 348-6000.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
Hennepin County has implemented additional requirements for entry to all county buildings, which include all Hennepin County District Court courthouses. All visitors will be required to:
- Wear a face covering
- Maintain 6 feet of social distance.
Do not enter the building if you have had any COVID-19 symptoms.
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.
- Public Service Counters: The following public service counter is open:
- Self-Help Center services are available by phone and email.
If you have a court case scheduled in Hennepin County District Court call (612) 348-6000 to determine if your case will be heard or scheduled to a future date. You may also contact the court by email and use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate county.
You will be required to follow Minnesota Department of Health social distancing guidelines while in the courthouse. Learn more about safety measures all courthouses are following to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by visiting the Reopening webpage.
Learn more about how courts have responded to COVID-19 by the Emergency webpage.
Court launches webpage for State vs. Derek Chauvin
Hennepin County District Court has launched a webpage for the case State of Minnesota v Derek Chauvin, case number 27-CR-20-12646. The page includes all public documents filed in the case, and other information that will be helpful to parties interested in the case. You may sign up to receive an email notice whenever the webpage is updated, by clicking on the “Sign up to receive updates” link at the top of the page.
District Court initiatives to reduce pretrial detention
Hennepin County District Court, in collaboration with justice partners, has and continues to work to manage the pretrial detention of people appropriately at the Adult Detention Center (Hennepin County jail). A document outlining these efforts is available here
Criminal Court launches warrant hotline
Hennepin County Criminal Court has a new warrant hotline where you can call to get information about your warrant and schedule a court hearing to take care of your case. Your warrant will stay active until you go to court, which means you could still be arrested even though you have scheduled court over the phone. This new service gives you an opportunity to schedule a date to take care of it. Visit the Criminal court homepage for more information.
Video: Responding for jury duty in Hennepin County
Responding for jury duty? Watch a new video (5:08 minutes) to help you prepare. Please note, this video does not reflect changes to facilities and protocols that were put in place to meet social distancing and safety needs, due to COVID-19.
Self-Help Center has new phone number
The Statewide Self-Help Center has a new phone number: (651) 435-6535. If you call the old number, you’ll hear a message telling you the new number. For more information visit the Self-Help Center webpage.
Video: Going to Criminal Court in Hennepin County
Going to Court? Watch a video (4:31 minutes) to help you prepare.
Video: Get Tips on How to Handle a Ticket in Hennepin County
Got a ticket or citation? Watch our new video (5 min.) to learn about your options.
Tickets & Fines
Got a ticket? Learn how to resolve it at the Violations Bureau & Hearing Office.
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