Court Administration

Courts Information Regarding COVID-19


Pursuant to Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea’s statewide order

DM20-8001:

The order restricts in-person access to courthouses.  The order is in effect until May 4, 2020 or until further order of the court whichever occurs first.  Only individuals with the designated case types will be authorized to enter the courthouse.

The following adult criminal case types, where the defendant is in custody, will be held in the courtroom.  The defendant and the attorneys may appear remotely.  Victim impact information may be provided remotely.

Bail review; hearings under Rule 8 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure; omnibus hearings that do not require live testimony; plea hearings; sentencing hearings and probation revocation hearings, if any necessary testimony can be provided remotely.

The following juvenile proceedings, and cases where the juvenile is in custody, will be held in the courtroom.  The juvenile and the attorneys may appear remotely.

Detention review; omnibus hearings that do not require live testimony; plea     hearings; certification hearings; extended juvenile jurisdiction hearings; disposition hearings and probation revocation hearings, if any necessary testimony can be provided remotely.

Juvenile protection proceedings for emergency protective care (EPC) will be held in the courtroom.  Attendance to these hearings will be limited to parties and parent-participants, and their attorneys.

In all housing/eviction matters, hearings will be held in the courtroom on an emergency basis when there is a showing of individual or public health, or safety, at risk; civil commitment; emergency change-of-custody requests and guardianships.  The parties and attorneys may appear remotely.

Hearings will be held in the courtroom for any casetype where there is an immediate liberty concern, or when public or personal safety concerns are paramount.

IF YOU HAVE A HEARING ON ONE OF THE ABOVE CASETYPES, CALL COURT ADMINISTRATION AT 763-765-4600 OR 1-800-433-5232 OR EMAIL 10THSherburneCourtMailbox@courts.state.mn.us TO BE ALLOWED INTO THE COURTHOUSE.  

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Overview

Court Administration is the agency which interacts most with the public during their associations with the legal system.

Services

Court Administration provides case management for all court cases processed in Sherburne County District Court. Cases include criminal, civil, family, probate, juvenile, traffic, and conciliation courts. This office also collects all court fees and fines, schedules court hearings, keeps court records, and manages jury qualification and selection.

Funding & Authority

Although located in the Sherburne County Government Center, as part of the Minnesota Judicial Branch, court administration is a state funded, rather than county funded, office. Sherburne County is part of the Tenth Judicial District. The office of the district court clerk is also called court administrator by statute. The Sherburne County Court Administrator is appointed by the Judges of the Tenth Judicial District. The authority and responsibilities of the office are set forth in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 485.

Self Help Center

The Center offers help to people who are working as their own attorney (also known as self-represented litigants).

Walk-In Hours

Walk-in hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis based on availability Based on staffing, hours and days are subject to change. If you are planning to visit the Self-Help Center in person, please call 763-760-6699 (voicemails not currently accepted) to confirm the Center is open the day you plan to visit.