Minnesota Court Coronavirus Closures
Due to the coronavirus and COVID-19 outbreaks, Minnesota courts announced that they are postponing certain hearings to avoid risk to the public. Specific information can be found in the Minnesota Supreme Court’s March 13, 2020 Order. The order stated that appellate proceedings would occur as scheduled, including oral arguments. Pending jury trials would also continue unless a specific health risk occurred. Certain time-sensitive proceedings, such as in-custody arraignments and speedy trials would still occur. However, proceedings that were less time-sensitive would be postponed. In addition, the Court recommended use of teleconference to permit appearances by attorneys and parties. These recommendations apply to hearings scheduled between March 16 and March 30, 2020. It is unclear if further postponements will be announced.