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Welcome to the 4th Judicial District of Minnesota
The State of Minnesota has 10 Judicial Districts, with specific counties belonging to each District. The 4th Judicial District serves only Hennepin County, and is the state's largest trial court, receiving nearly 800,000 cases each year. The 62 judges, 12 referees and 549 staff members strive to provide an accessible, fair, courteous, efficient and innovative system of justice. Learn more about courts in Minnesota.
News & Notices
||Free Weddings on Valentine's Day
On Valentine's Day 17 judges and one administrator performed free weddings for 38 couples over the noon hour at the Hennepin County Government Center. >>see KSTP video
|Co-Parent Court outcomes encouraging
says 3-year report
Co-Parent Court beneficial says U of M Extension report
The Co-Parent Court: A Problem Solving Court to Establish Paternity, Support Families and Strengthen Communities report released by the University of Minnesota Extension says in its evaluation of the first three years of the Co-Parent Court pilot that the outcomes show an encouraging picture and that parents are benefitting from their participation in the court. Co-Parent Court provides enhanced services to low income, unmarried parents establishing paternity in Hennepin County's child support establishment program.
» Read the report
» Star Tribune - Three years in, co-parenting court claims success
4th Judicial District Advances to Become an eCourt
This timeline of milestones shows strategic ways that the 4th Judicial District has used technology to provide a more efficient and effective system of justice.
» Learn about the statewide MN Judicial Branch eCourtMN Initiative.
Effective January 2, 2008, walk-in counter and telephone services close to the public at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays to allow court staff to complete necessary case processing, filing and other administrative functions. This change in court hours does NOT affect Hennepin County services (probation, driver's licenses, tax payments, etc.) All court appearances and trials continue as scheduled on Wednesday afternoons. All District Court offices have limited service hours on Wednesday afternoons. Drop boxes for filings or payments by check are available at all locations.
Court users will no longer be able to pay traffic tickets in person, see a hearing officer, request copies of court files or receive information about cases via telephone on Wednesday afternoons at all locations.
Public computers are available for record searches during regular business hours, except for Wednesdays 1:30-4:30 p.m. The court will no longer conduct criminal record checks for the public. Some court records can be viewed online through the MNCIS Public Access (MPA) website. NOTE: Pre-conviction data is only available at courthouse terminals.