Some Hennepin County Government Center services will be unavailable during Chauvin's trial

Access to the building will be limited during the trail, which begins March 8.
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Hennepin County services at the Government Center in downtown Minneapolis will be relocated during the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in the killing of George Floyd last May. 

Safety preparations are already underway in Minneapolis, with road closures planned as thousands of law enforcement officials are slated to patrol the city during the trial, which is scheduled to begin March 8. 

And on Friday, Hennepin County announced the trial would also impact some of its services, specifically those at the Government Center at 300 S Sixth St. in Minneapolis, which is where the trial is being held. 

Many county services are being offered online, by phone and by appointment only due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but starting Monday, March 1, additional county services will be relocated as additional security measures inside and outside the building are implemented and access to the building is restricted during Chauvin's trial. 

Here's a look at what's impacted by the trial: 

  • The Government Center Parking Ramp will be closed to the public. 
  • The Domestic Abuse Service Center will close on March 1, remote services are available by calling 612-348-5073.
  • The Law Library will close March 1, with the book drop unavailable (no late fees will accrue and all due dates will be extended). Staff will be available by phone  612-348-2903 and email
  • Licenses, certificates and permits will be available in person at other locations, as well as online, by mail and fax. More details here
  • Starting March 2, plat signing will relocate from the Government Center. More details here
  • Probation services, starting March 1, will be relocated. Probation clients should contact their probation officer if they have appointments scheduled for the government center. 
  • Property taxes can be paid online. Other options can be found here
  • Sheriff's Office services can be accessed in City Hall via the entrance on Fourth Street. 

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