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Courts Temporarily Moving to Remote Hearings for Family Law

The Chief Justice has issued a new order effective November 30, 2020 which impacts family law practitioners. The order is attached. Essentially effective November 30, 2020, with the exceptions of jury trials proceeding to completion or grand juries that were empaneled and taking evidence which will continue until completion, all other proceedings in the district court shall be conducted remotely. The only exception is crafted if the Chief Judge of District, after consulting with the Chief Justice, authorizes an in person hearing. This is effective until January 31, 2021.

Individual courts will remain open for business on a limited basis, with access to the court facilities subject to conditions imposed by county officials. All people entering court facilities must wear masks. At least one public service counter in each county must be accessible to court customers between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on non-holidays M-F.

James Street

Referee of District Court

Second Judicial District

Our President-Elect - New Developments

AFCC-MN Members, It is with both sadness and excitement that I share the following message with you all. Our President-Elect, Racheal Howitz, is stepping down from her position. Racheal is expecting a


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