Otter Tail County virtual court hearings now available at Perham library

The virtual option is also available at Pelican Rapids Public Library and the Otter Tail County Courthouse.

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People can connect to remote court hearings at the Perham Area Public Library in private rooms. The location includes reliable internet and the technology needed to connect. (Contributed / Otter Tail County / Perham Focus)

Otter Tail County District Court has established locations in the county where people are able to connect to remote Zoom court hearings.

The locations provide access to reliable internet and the technology needed to connect to remote court hearings, according to an Otter Tail County news release. Private rooms are available at all three locations, including the Perham Area Public Library, for court hearing attendee’s convenience and to ensure confidentiality.

Court Administrator Kathy Ouren said the new locations will provide convenience.

“The Minnesota Judicial Branch shifted to remote court hearings in April of 2020. We have learned that remote hearings are an efficient and effective way to hold certain proceedings and they are easier to attend for many people,” Ouren said in the release.

Librarians ask people to call the preferred location 24 hours prior to the court hearing to ensure space and equipment availability.


“We are excited to work with the Pelican Rapids and Perham Public Libraries to offer locations, in addition to the Otter Tail County Courthouse, where people can access internet and technology to attend remote hearings closer to where they live,” Ouren said.

The locations for remote court hearings via Zoom are:

  • Otter Tail County Courthouse: 121 W. Junius Ave., Fergus Falls ; 218-560-7045
  • Pelican Rapids Public Library: 25 W. Mill St. ; 218-863-7055
  • Perham Area Public Library: 225 2nd Ave. NE ; 218-346-4892

With questions about a court case or for additional information regarding the remote court hearing service, call Otter Tail County Court Administration at 218-560-7045.

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