Anoka County Open Courthouse Event 2017

The public is invited to celebrate Law Day at the Anoka County "Open Courthouse" event on April 28.
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On Friday, April 28, the Anoka County Courthouse in Anoka will open its doors to the public as part of a Law Day “Open Courthouse” event. The event is being held to showcase the work of Minnesota’s courts, and educate the public about the work of judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and citizens in administering the state’s justice system. The free, open-to-the public event, will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The event will feature legal advice clinics on a variety of topics, presentations by local district court judges and justice system partners, and an information fair.  Please visit the related tabs on this page for more information.


The Open Courthouse event is scheduled to coincide with Law Day, a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day was first established in 1958 through a proclamation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Congress passed a joint resolution designating May 1 as Law Day, U.S.A in 1961. 

Printable Schedule

All-Day Activities                                         

9:15 AM, 10:45 AM, 12:15 PM, 1:45 PM - Guided Courthouse Tours             
Meet at the Government Center Atrium
Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Anoka County Courthouse, with visits to real courtrooms and the chance to hear from a local district court judge or other justice system officials.  
 
9 AM - 3 PM - Information Fair    
Government Center Atrium, 1st floor
Visit an information fair designed to showcase the work of many of the justice system partners in the local community, share legal resources available to the public, and highlight new advancements in criminal justice and court technology being implemented across the state.
 

Presentations Open to the Public                                            

9 AM - Welcome & Opening Remarks
Government Center Atrium
Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah & Tenth Judicial District Chief Judge Douglas Meslow address Law Day              
 
9 AM - Expungement of Adult & Juvenile Records
Government Center, Room 237
Central Minnesota Legal Services and Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a presentation on the process for seeking expungement of adult and juvenile offenses from the court record.            
 
9 AM - Conservatorships and Power of Attorney    
Government Center, Room 710
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and Estate and Elder Law Services will offer a presentation on conservatorships and power of attorney    
 
9:45 AM - Heroin Steals Lives.  Don’t let it be one you care about.
Courthouse, Courtroom W327
Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart will provide an overview of the challenges facing our communities as a result of local heroin and opioid markets.  He will also describe some of the creative initiatives that Anoka County has developed to combat this scourge.             
 
11:15 AM - Avoiding Frauds & Scams       
Courthouse, Courtroom W327
Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo gives tips on how to spot frauds and scams and how to avoid them.    
 
12 PM - Q & A with Judges, Court Reporters & Law Clerks
Courthouse, Courtroom C202
Presented by The Honorable Thomas Fitzpatrick, the Honorable Dyanna Street, and Court Reporter Sharon Steinbrecher        

12:45 PM - The 14th Amendment, Transforming American Democracy          
Courthouse, Courtroom W327
The Honorable Lawrence Johnson & The Honorable Kristin Larson
 
1 PM - Expungement of Adult & Juvenile Records and Housing Records
Government Center, Room 237
Central Minnesota Legal Services and Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a presentation on the process for seeking expungement of adult and juvenile court records and housing eviction records.              
 
1 PM - K-9 Unit Demonstration    
Courthouse, Courtroom C202
Deputy Brian Collier, EOD Canine Handler             
 
2 PM - Forensics            
Courthouse, Courtroom C202
Scott Ford, Director of the Tri County Forensic Laboratory 
 
2:15 PM - Anoka County Treatment Courts             
Courthouse, Courtroom W327
Treatment Court Coordinator Megan Moreau, and Treatment Court Probation Officers Scott Evenson and Priscilla McDowell will offer a presentation discussing the basic tenants of Treatment Courts and how Anoka County initiated and operates their Treatment Courts
                                            

Legal Advice Clinics                                    

9 AM -3 PM        Legal Clinic: Family Law (Divorce/Custody/Child Support/Paternity)            
Law Library E130, Anoka County Courthouse
Attorneys will be available to discuss issues surrounding child support, driver’s license payment plans for child support, custody, parenting time, paternity, contempt, divorce, domestic violence, waiver of court fees and costs, order enforcement, proper service, establishing court hearing dates, and other family matters that may come up after a divorce. 

9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Driver's License
Courtroom C150, Anoka County Courthouse
Representatives from Anoka County Court Administration, Child Support and Department of Vehicle Services (DVS) will be on hand to assist in reviewing your DL record to determine why you are suspended, and assist in getting you all the information needed to get your license reinstated, potentially as soon as you leave the courthouse.  If it cannot be reinstated immediately, you will have received comprehensive instructions on what steps will still need to be taken to reinstate.              
 
9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Adult & Juvenile Expungements
Room 237, Government Center
At 9 a.m., Central Minnesota Legal Services and the Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a presentation on the process for seeking an expungement of adult and juvenile offenses from the court record. After the presentation, volunteer attorneys will be available until 3 p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.  
 
9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Eviction Expungements
Room 237, Government Center
At 1 p.m., Central Minnesota Legal Services and the Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a presentation on the process for seeking criminal and eviction expungements from the court record. After the presentation, volunteer attorneys will be available until 3 p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.             
 
9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Outstanding Warrant Resolution
Courtrooms W325 and W326
Those with an Anoka County warrant or case will have the opportunity to resolve outstanding warrants for criminal misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, and discuss resolution of outstanding issues in some felony cases; address matters regarding driver’s license status and unpaid fines and fees.      
 
9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Conservators/Power of Attorney/Guardianships
Government Center Atrium
At 9 a.m., experts from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and Estate and Elder Law Services of Minnesota and Wisconsin will offer a presentation on conservatorships and power of attorney in Room 710.  Auditors from the Conservator Account Auditing Program (CAAP) will be available to provide assistance with MyMNConservator and answer questions about conservator responsibilities. Those same experts will be available until 3 p.m. to answer questions.  There will be a volunteer attorney available from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to answer questions and provide legal advice about guardianship.     
        
9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Immigration
Government Center Atrium
Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., a volunteer attorney from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid will be available to answer questions and provide information regarding immigration law issues.              
 
9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Civil Law
Courthouse, Room 238
Attorneys will be available to discuss issues relating to evictions, landlord/tenant disputes, debt collection, garnishment, social security disability, unemployment benefits and other non-criminal matters.  Volunteer attorneys will be available until 3 p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.                 
                                            

Educational Track for Centennial High School Students                                

9 AM - 10:45 AM - Roles in the Justice System and Mock Trial 
Courthouse, Courtroom C240              
The Honorable Dan O’Fallon        

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM - K-9 Unit Demonstration, Courthouse
Courtroom C240         
Deputy Brian Collier, EOD Canine Handler
             
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM – Forensics, Courthous
Courtroom C240        
Scott Ford, Director of Tri County Forensic Laboratory       
 

Educational Track for S.T.E.P.                                

9 AM - 10 AM - K-9 Unit Demonstration
Courthouse, Courtroom C230        
Deputy Brian Collier, EOD Canine Handler         
    
10 AM - 11 AM – Forensics
Courthouse, Courtroom C230
Scott Ford, Director of Tri County Forensic Laboratory       

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM - Roles in the Justice System and Mock Trial
Courthouse, Courtroom C230              
The Honorable Tammi Fredrickson
9 AM -3 PM        Legal Clinic: Family Law (Divorce/Custody/Child Support/Paternity)            
Law Library E130, Anoka County Courthouse
Attorneys will be available to discuss issues surrounding child support, driver’s license payment plans for child support, custody, parenting time, paternity, contempt, divorce, domestic violence, waiver of court fees and costs, order enforcement, proper service, establishing court hearing dates, and other family matters that may come up after a divorce. 

9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Driver's License
Courtroom C150, Anoka County Courthouse
Representatives from Anoka County Court Administration, Child Support and Department of Vehicle Services (DVS) will be on hand to assist in reviewing your DL record to determine why you are suspended, and assist in getting you all the information needed to get your license reinstated, potentially as soon as you leave the courthouse.  If it cannot be reinstated immediately, you will have received comprehensive instructions on what steps will still need to be taken to reinstate.              
 
9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Adult & Juvenile Expungements
Room 237, Government Center
At 9 a.m., Central Minnesota Legal Services and the Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a presentation on the process for seeking an expungement of adult and juvenile offenses from the court record. After the presentation, volunteer attorneys will be available until 3 p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.  
 
9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Eviction Expungements
Room 237, Government Center
At 1 p.m., Central Minnesota Legal Services and the Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a presentation on the process for seeking criminal and eviction expungements from the court record. After the presentation, volunteer attorneys will be available until 3 p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.             
 
9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Outstanding Warrant Resolution
Courtrooms W325 and W326
Those with an Anoka County warrant or case will have the opportunity to resolve outstanding warrants for criminal misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, and discuss resolution of outstanding issues in some felony cases; address matters regarding driver’s license status and unpaid fines and fees.      
 
9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Conservators/Power of Attorney/Guardianships
Government Center Atrium
At 9 a.m., experts from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and Estate and Elder Law Services of Minnesota and Wisconsin will offer a presentation on conservatorships and power of attorney in Room 710.  Auditors from the Conservator Account Auditing Program (CAAP) will be available to provide assistance with MyMNConservator and answer questions about conservator responsibilities. Those same experts will be available until 3 p.m. to answer questions.  There will be a volunteer attorney available from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to answer questions and provide legal advice about guardianship.     
        
9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Immigration
Government Center Atrium
Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., a volunteer attorney from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid will be available to answer questions and provide information regarding immigration law issues.              
 
9 AM - 3 PM - Legal Clinic: Civil Law
Courthouse, Room 238
Attorneys will be available to discuss issues relating to evictions, landlord/tenant disputes, debt collection, garnishment, social security disability, unemployment benefits and other non-criminal matters.  Volunteer attorneys will be available until 3 p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.    
9 AM - Welcome & Opening Remarks
Government Center Atrium
Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah & Tenth Judicial District Chief Judge Douglas Meslow address Law Day              
 
9 AM - Expungement of Adult & Juvenile Records
Government Center, Room 237
Central Minnesota Legal Services and Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a presentation on the process for seeking expungement of adult and juvenile offenses from the court record.            
 
9 AM - Conservatorships and Power of Attorney    
Government Center, Room 710
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and Estate and Elder Law Services will offer a presentation on conservatorships and power of attorney    
 
9:45 AM - Heroin Steals Lives.  Don’t let it be one you care about.
Courthouse, Courtroom W327
Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart will provide an overview of the challenges facing our communities as a result of local heroin and opioid markets.  He will also describe some of the creative initiatives that Anoka County has developed to combat this scourge.             
 
11:15 AM - Avoiding Frauds & Scams       
Courthouse, Courtroom W327
Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo gives tips on how to spot frauds and scams and how to avoid them.    
 
12 PM - Q & A with Judges, Court Reporters & Law Clerks
Courthouse, Courtroom C202
Presented by The Honorable Thomas Fitzpatrick, the Honorable Dyanna Street, and Court Reporter Sharon Steinbrecher        

12:45 PM - The 14th Amendment, Transforming American Democracy          
Courthouse, Courtroom W327
The Honorable Lawrence Johnson & The Honorable Kristin Larson
 
1 PM - Expungement of Adult & Juvenile Records and Housing Records
Government Center, Room 237
Central Minnesota Legal Services and Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a presentation on the process for seeking expungement of adult and juvenile court records and housing eviction records.              
 
1 PM - K-9 Unit Demonstration    
Courthouse, Courtroom C202
Deputy Brian Collier, EOD Canine Handler             
 
2 PM - Forensics            
Courthouse, Courtroom C202
Scott Ford, Director of the Tri County Forensic Laboratory 
 
2:15 PM - Anoka County Treatment Courts             
Courthouse, Courtroom W327
Treatment Court Coordinator Megan Moreau, and Treatment Court Probation Officers Scott Evenson and Priscilla McDowell will offer a presentation discussing the basic tenants of Treatment Courts and how Anoka County initiated and operates their Treatment Courts

Location and Directions:

Anoka County Government Center & Courthouse 
2100 3rd Avenue
Anoka, MN 55303-2489
Main Line: (763) 422-7350

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Parking Information:

There is free three hour parking in the ramp on Jackson Street. Please see the Anoka County brochure for additional parking information.