Virtual hearings to continue as state courts extend
Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea has issued another order that extends the limited physical access to courthouses until May 18, 2020, in order to reduce and slow the spread of COVID-19. Remote, or virtual, technology may be used to conduct hearings in pending cases when possible.
The order also suspends all jury trials, authorizing them to only begin June 1, 2020, at the earliest. The State Court Administrator, Jeff Shorba, has also launched a new webpage to assist Minnesotans who must participate in remote hearings, and to provide information to members of the public who wish to access a remote hearing. To learn more go to http://mncourts.gov/remote-hearings
Courthouses will continue to remain open on a limited basis for in-person hearings that should be held in courtrooms. The order once again specifies the hearings and case types where in-person hearings are required. Courts will continue to accept filings in all case types.
Minnesota 911 dispatch centers see a 22 percent decrease in calls
According to statistics provided by CenturyLink to the Department of Public Safety division of Emergency Communication Networks (DPS-ECN) call volumes for Minnesota public safety answering points (PSAPs), also known as 911 dispatch centers, continued their decline during the third week in April compared to the same period last year.
In 2019, Minnesota PSAPs received 55,955 calls for the third week of April.
In 2020, Minnesota PSAPs answered 43,770 calls for the third week of April.