Citing the increase in COVID-19 infection rates across the state, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea issued a statewide order limiting in-person activity in courthouses. The order goes into effect on Nov. 30 and will remain in until Jan. 29, 2021.
The following will govern court proceedings and services from during the 60-day order.
• Remote hearings: Hearings across all case types, including treatment courts, will be conducted remotely until Feb. 1, 2021. Exceptions may be granted for in-person proceedings under limited circumstances.
• Jury Trials: Jury trials in progress will continue until completed. No new jury trials will commence before Feb. 1, 2021. Exceptions may be granted for jury trials under limited circumstances.
• Grand Juries: Grand juries that were empaneled and taking evidence on a case will continue until complete. No grand juries will be empaneled, nor will grand jury proceedings commence, before February 1, 2021. Exceptions may be granted under 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.
• Civil commitment: Proceedings that are before the Commitment Appeal Panel shall continue as scheduled by the panel. The panel is instructed to use remote technology for proceedings or hearings to the extent possible.
• Case filings: Courts will continue to accept filings in all case types.
• 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. Changes to service availability will be at the discretion of the Judicial District Administrator or the Clerk of Appellate Courts, in consultation with the State Court Administrator.
District courts may be contacted directly by phone or email for more information on their local operations.