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Statutory Changes the Courts Are Requesting In light of the changed Court Schedule Due to the Corona

Friday, March 20, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Attached is a letter from the Chief Justice sent to legislative leadership re: statutory changes the courts are requesting in light of the changed court schedule due to the coronavirus.


Dear Speaker Hortman, Majority Leader Gazelka, Minority Leader Daudt, and Minority Leader Kent:

The operations of the Minnesota Judicial Branch continue during the current emergency, subject to modifications we have made based on recent guidance from state and national health officials. As modified, court proceedings and hearings are occurring daily in the district and appellate courts of Minnesota. But residents of Minnesota and judicial branch judges and staff face challenges in attempting to meet deadlines established by statute, across civil and criminal matters, due to the impact of the emergency on daily lives. On behalf of the Judicial Branch, I write to ask the Legislature to enact legislation that would toll deadlines as necessary to ensure that rights are protected. The legislation the Judicial Branch requests would toll the expiration of deadlines during the current emergency and for a limited time after the emergency diminishes or abates. This request encompasses two specific areas of tolling.

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