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Courthouse Terminals, Phone Service to Aid Public

Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008

To promote public access to the courts, the Minnesota Judicial Branch is installing public access computer workstations in most courthouses.  These workstations provide access to a Virtual Self-Help Center.  The service provides legal information, court forms, lawyer referral resources, tutorials, and videos on various legal actions, including divorce, child support, child custody, landlord-tenant disputes, car title issues, and more. 

The courthouse workstations include a printer and a phone that connects the user to a court support person.  Phone service is being phased in and is currently available at the courthouse workstations in 57 counties. Phone calls are answered by court employees Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., except for legal holidays. While court employees are not able to give legal advice, they can assist callers with general questions about court forms, procedures, and legal resources.  Bilingual staff are available to provide services in Spanish as well. Check with your local court for details