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Minnesota Court System

Minnesota Court System

The Minnesota Court System is pretty simple consisting of a Supreme Court, a Court of Appeals and the District Courts which are the trial courts for the state. The MN Supreme Court is the highest court in the state and the court of last resort. They receive about 700 requests for appeals and approve for review only 10-12% of them. The Supreme Court also has the authority to hear appeals from the “Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals and the Tax Court, two executive-branch agency courts, and petitions filed by the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, and the Board on Judicial Standards.” Sometimes the Supreme Court resolve cases involving the constitutional rights of the people.

All lower courts report to the Supreme Court. There are seven Supreme Court justices, and they are elected in a non-partisan, statewide ballot and serve six-year terms. These justices are also heavily involved in other Supreme Court boards and state agencies that make policy affecting all residents.

This state also has a single-entity court called Tax Court that has exclusive jurisdiction over all tax matters and tax-related cases. Although they have only one location, the judges do travel around and hold Tax Court throughout the state.

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Minnesota Court Records That are not Open to the Public

Through the Minnesota Public Access (MPA) Remote system, the general public can access most court records with a few exceptions. MN Judicial Branch website clearly states precisely which records are available and which will be excluded. Tax Court records are not available. Additionally, information like social security numbers, bank account numbers, tax IDs, juvenile records, protective orders, and any records sealed, expunged or labeled “non-public” will be removed from any files accessible by the general public. Any identifying information like home addresses will also be redacted.

MN Judicial Case Filing Information

Filing Information

Right on the main menu of the Minnesota Judicial Branch website they have a link to all the court forms, making it easy for an individual or an attorney to download what they need and file it with the court. The forms are organized into links of categories so people can easily find forms for adoption, child custody, and things like name changes, small claims actions, and protective orders. Additionally, the website has a step-by-step guide to help users file their caseelectronically through the website or manually. They support both trial court and appellate court filings.

Search Minnesota Court Records Online

Interested in finding out about someone’s court records in Minnesota? Use the Infotracer tool to quickly and easily access hundreds of MN court cases all over the state, including Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and Dakota County. Per the MN Data Practices Act Minn. Statutes 13.01 et seq., the public is granted the rights to most civil cases, criminal court records, family court issues, bankruptcies, probate matters, and more!

An individual may perform a court records search privately without providing any information at all. The person searching does not even need a reason. The only court records that will not be available are court-ordered closed records and private files like juvenile records.

Using a quick Minnesota state court records name search, you can get free instant access to MN court records from most of the courts in the state. Quickly lookup court cases online from MN district courts, appellate courts, and the Supreme Court.

Minnesota Court Statistics

In 2012, the Minnesota courts received 1,598,994 filings. In 2016, the number of filings decreased by 19.7% and counted 1,283,798 filings and had 1,273,267 outgoing cases

Total State Caseloads

YearTotal Caseload
20121,598,994
20131,637,195
20141,476,152
20151,298,272
20161,283,798

Share of Court Type Incoming Caseloads

Court TypeIncoming Caseloads
Civil13%
Criminal14%
Domestic Relations4%
Traffic69%

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Minnesota at year end of 2016 has decreased by 20.7% compared to the last 5 years.

YearDomestic Relations CaseloadTotal Statewide Caseload
201262,6891,598,994
201360,8861,637,195
201449,8991,476,152
201553,3471,298,272
201649,7141,283,798

Minnesota Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Minnesota courts counts to 183,129, with 42,880 felony cases and 140,249 misdemeanors accordingly.

YearCriminal CaseloadMisdemeanor CaseloadFelony Caseload
2012165,669132,12633,543
2013167,474132,15235,322
2014182,588143,56439,024
2015195,292151,88243,410
2016183,129140,24942,880

District Courts

Minnesota’s District Courts are the general jurisdiction courts for the state. They offer jury trials for many types of cases, but in others, a judge makes the final decision. These courts have exclusive jurisdiction over civil matters up to $15,000, all criminal offenses, domestic relations cases, juvenile issues including delinquency and traffic and other local ordinance violations. These courts may be divided into specialized divisions for things like small claims, probate & mental health court, family court, traffic court, juvenile court, housing court, civil court, and criminal court. The level of divisions depends on the district and its residents.

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