Minnesota Court Records

Minnesota court records

Since the Internet has made court records so easily accessible to the public, there is little reason to physically travel and request them anymore. Today, you can conduct a quick search online to find the genealogical clues, criminal and civil court records or recent court opinions and decisions. Most of these records are available through the Minnesota State Law Library and the court system, and they both offer the ability to search their records online. Divorce records, property records, probate records and small claims files can all provide insight to the daily lives of past generations.

History of Minnesota Court Records

Minnesota court records began to accrue at the Minnesota State Law Library in 1849, when it and the territory were officially created on March 3. There was originally a $5,000 allowance to help establish the library and pay for its contents. The Supreme Court then took over the library in the 1870s and ensured the collections housed there centered on the law. In the course of history, the library has been located in a hotel, market, log tavern, former Ford Motor company factory and three different capitol buildings. Since 1990, it has been located at the Minnesota Judicial Center in St. Paul.

Minnesota Court Records Availability

Minnesota Court Records are largely available at either the Minnesota State Law Library or the Minnesota court system online. The library holds legal periodicals, Supreme Court decisions, oral arguments, and historical documents, copies of state and federal statutes, law reviews and legal journals.

In addition, the public can access court records through a trial court case search online if they know a party’s name, court date, attorney name or case number. Many civil and criminal court cases are found online in this manner. Court of Appeals and Supreme Court records are also searchable online.

Copies of court rules, procedures and forms necessary to defend yourself in the court of law are found online as well as in the library. Other documents of interest include divorce records, small claims and property disputes.

Main Court Information

The Minnesota Supreme Court is the court of last resort in the state, and there are seven justices serving six-year terms. There are elected in nonpartisan elections, and the court sits at the Minnesota Judicial Center and the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. This court hears appeals from lower level courts including the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals, Minnesota Tax Court, Board of Judicial Standards and Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.

Other cases that the court exercises mandatory jurisdiction over include election contest appeals and first degree murder appeals.

Caseload Statistics

The Minnesota Supreme Court receives very few appeals on an annual basis. In 2007, there were 132 filings and 126 dispositions. In 2014, there were 115 filings and 99 dispositions.

Minnesota Court Structure

Minnesota Court Statistics

Minnesota Courts receive 1,458,882 filings per year. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 1,283,798 filings and had 1,273,267 outgoing cases.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Minnesota at year end of 2016 has decreased by 20.7% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 62,689 with a rate of 1,165 cases per 100000 population, lower than it’s in 2016.

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Minnesota

More Domestic Relations Cases than Minnesota:
State: Caseload:
New York570,709
Pennsylvania342,163
Texas397,468
California388,903
Virginia342,040
Less Domestic Relations Cases than Minnesota:
State: Caseload:
Wisconsin47,239
Connecticut49,660
Colorado44,152
New Mexico43,588
Kansas34,696

Minnesota Criminal Caseloads

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

Small Claims Caseloads & Rates

Caseload: Per 100K Population: Percent of Total Caseload: Max Limit in $:
42,655 773 26.0% $15,000

Minnesota Court Locations

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King DayMonday, January 15, 2018
Presidents DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Columbus Day (Courts are open, but no federal mail delivery)Monday, October 8, 2018
Veterans Day (Observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Day after Thanksgiving (Court not open)Friday, November 23, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

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