Virtual Court Hearings | Otter Tail County, Minnesota

District Court facilitates virtual court hearings in Otter Tail County

January 14, 2022 – Otter Tail County, Minnesota – The Otter Tail District Court has established locations in Otter Tail County for people to connect to remote Zoom court hearings. The locations provide access to reliable internet and the technology needed to connect to remote court hearings. Private rooms are available at all three locations for the convenience of trial participants and to ensure confidentiality.

Court Administrator Kathy Ouren shared her excitement about the convenience the new locations will offer. “The Minnesota Department of Justice switched to remote hearings in April 2020. We have learned that remote hearings are an efficient and effective way to conduct certain procedures and are easier for many people to attend.”

The new locations may offer a shorter drive to access a confidential space with reliable internet for remote court hearings. If possible, librarians ask that the preferred location be called 24 hours before the court hearing to ensure space and equipment availability.

“We are excited to partner with Pelican Rapids and Perham Public Libraries to offer locations adjacent to the Otter Tail County Courthouse where people can access internet and technology to attend hearings remotely closer to where they live ‘ remarked Ouren.

Locations for remote court hearings via Zoom

Otter Tail County Courthouse
121 W. Junius Ave
Fergus Falls
218-560-7045

Pelican Rapids Public Library
25 W. Mühlenstr.
218-863-7055

Perham Public Library
225 2nd Avenue NE
218-346-4892

Perham Public Library Smart Room

If you have questions about a court proceeding or would like additional information about the Remote Court Service, please contact the Otter Tail Court Administration at 218-560-7045.

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