Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn issued a news release today announcing effective Monday, November 30, 2020 the Rice County Courthouse will be closed due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

Dunn's news release states, "Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea issued an Order Governing the Continuing Operations of the Minnesota Judicial Branch on November 20, 2020."

"This order suspends all in-person court hearings until furthur notice.  Therefore the courthouse will be closed to the public until in-person hearings resume."

Dunn says people should call or email Rice County Court Administration to find out about how paperwork should be filed with the court for any type of case.  Court Administration staff will be able to advise people about the process and provide answers to any questions.

The phone number for Rice County Court Administration is 507-497-7134 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or they can be reached by email at ricecourts@courts.state.mn.us

You can also reach the Rice County Attorney's Office at 507-332-6103 if you have questions regarding a case status or something.

In the Rice County Sheriff's news release he concludes, "Thank you for your cooperation and we wish everyone a healthy and safe Thanksgiving holiday."


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