Types of claims allowed in Conciliation Court
Conciliation Court can hear claims up to $15,000
. It can also order that personal property be returned. Exception:
As of August 1, 2012, Conciliation Court can hear cases for the return of property (valued up to $15,000) that was seized by law enforcement.
Claims not Allowed:
- Defective goods sold or service provided
- Damage to property or vehicle
- Back rent owed
- Accident repair expenses not paid
- NSF (non-sufficient funds) check tendered
- in Hennepin County
- Worthless checks
- Damage deposit not paid
- Wages not paid
- Return of property (Replevin)
- Defendant lives in Hennepin County. There are a few exceptions that allow the incident to happen in Hennepin County.
- Title to real estate
- Class Actions
- Medical malpractice
- Libel or slander
- Discrimination claims
- Actions against deceased persons
- Actions when another court is involved
- Problem or incident did not happen in or defendant does not live in Hennepin County, with some exceptions
- Even if you believe you have a claim for more than $15,000, you can only file a claim in Conciliation Court up to $15,000. You may not file more than one claim related to the same incident as a way to reach a higher amount.
You may want to think about whether the person you are suing (the defendant) will be able to pay you. Although you may win a case, the Conciliation Court is not a collection agency
and does not contact the defendant to collect payment. Click The Judgment
sub-tab on this page to learn what to do to collect payment if you win a judgment.
Who may file a Conciliation Court claim
A person, company, agency or other type of organization can be a "party"
(plaintiff or defendant
) to a Conciliation Court case. A plaintiff is the party that sues, and a defendant is the party that is being sued.
The Statement of Claim
(filed by a plaintiff to start a court action) and the Statement of Counterclaim
(may be filed by a defendant), are written statements of fact signed by the party under oath
. Generally, a party must personally know the facts of the case and be able to testify about the facts at a hearing.
Pursuant to a Standing Order for Conciliation Court
, court staff must reject any claim that is filed on behalf of another individual using a Power of Attorney.
The meaning of a "Durable" Power of Attorney is explained in this Power of Attorney Fact Sheet
If you have questions, please call the Conciliation Court at (612) 348-2713.
Using mediation to settle a dispute
In mediation, you will meet with the other party and a mediator. The purpose of the meeting is to try to reach an agreement between you and the other party to settle the dispute. The mediator is not a judge and will not decide on the solution, but will help the parties reach an agreement.
Hennepin County District Court encourages the use of mediation to settle your dispute. Read the Pre-filing Mediation brochure
for more information. Learn how to settle a case out of court
Benefits of Mediation
Types of Disputes
- Parties have equal say in the solution
- Low or no cost
- Mediate days, evenings or weekends - no missed work
- Sessions scheduled in your neighborhood
- Less stress
Mediation Programs in Hennepin County
- Creditors and debtors
- Damage to property
Where to file a Conciliation Court case
Hennepin County Conciliation Court claims may be in person, via eFS, by using Guide and File
, or by mail at:
Minneapolis City Hall, Room #306
350 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Conciliation Court hearings will be held at that location. As of June 2014, cases are being scheduled for hearing approximately 60 days from the date of filing. If you file your forms by mail, please add an additional two weeks for processing.
Mediation is an option if you wish to settle your dispute in less time. Please visit the Legal Help & Mediation
tab on this page for more information. If you need more information, please call the Conciliation Court at (612) 348-2713.
When to file in Hennepin County Court
Generally, you must file your claim in the county where the person you are suing (the defendant) lives. If the defendant lives in Hennepin County, then you file in that court.
Common exceptions include:
- a claim for a bad check must be filed in county where the check was tendered;
- security deposits and rent claims may be filed in the county where the rental property is located;
- if there is more than one defendant;
- corporations are sued in the county where the business is located (you may find out where a business is registered by contacting the Minnesota Secretary of State at (651) 296-2803;
For other exceptions, read the laws on Conciliation Court jurisdiction in Minn. Stat. Chapter 491A
How to file a Conciliation Court claim
If you file a claim in Hennepin County Conciliation Court, we prefer that you use the form specifically designed for Hennepin County. You can download the Hennepin County Conciliation Court Claim Form
, or you may pick up the form in person at the Conciliation Court located in Room 306
in the Minneapolis City Hall or at the Self-Help Center located on the skyway level in the Hennepin County Government Center. NOTE:
There is a statewide Conciliation Court Claim Form
that can also be used.
Filling Out the Form
The claim form is a brief, fill-in-the-blank document. To complete it you must have the following information:
Filing the Form
- full name of the person being sued (defendant);
- defendant's complete address (no P.O. boxes), with zip code;
- dollar amount of claim ($15,000 or less);
- date of the event, accident, or transaction;
- brief description of the event, accident, or transaction;
You must file your completed and notarized claim form with the court and pay a filing fee. Visit the Fees
tab on our homepage to see current fee amounts. You may file in person or by mail
. If you file by mail, send your completed claim form along with the correct filing fee (checks should be payable to Conciliation Court) to:
Minneapolis City Hall, Room #306
350 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Before filing a claim in Conciliation Court
, we encourage you to use mediation to settle your dispute.
The hearing will be set approximately 60 days
from when you file your claim. It is important to arrive on time. Court staff will take a roll call will promptly at the assigned hearing time.
Legal Advice Clinic
If you want advice in your case, you could talk with a lawyer at the Legal Advice Clinic
or find a lawyer
on your own. Court staff must be neutral and fair to everyone they assist, and they cannot give legal advice. Court staff may help any party in a case.
More information and resources on representing yourself in court are available at the Conciliation Court Help Topic
What a Conciliation Court Summons means
Receiving a Summons means that you are being sued; you are the defendant in the case. You should prepare for a hearing. You may also file a Statement of Counterclaim
form if you believe the plaintiff owes you money. If you ignore the Summons and do not appear on the scheduled hearing date, a default judgment may be entered against you that orders you to pay the amount determined by the judicial officer.
How to file a claim for property seized in a drug arrest
This section refers ONLY
to a claim for property seized in a DRUG-related incident
under Minn. Stat. § 609.5314
Hennepin County Attorney's Office Forfeiture Unit
- Effective August 1, 2010, claims for return of seized property may be filed in Conciliation Court if the property is valued at $15,000 or less. There is no filing fee for claims under $500.00. If the value is $500 or greater, regular filing fees must be paid.
- The filing party must have their copy of Form No. 2857 "Notice of Seizure and Intent to Forfeit Property" that was issued by the arresting police agency, and a copy must be attached to the Conciliation Court claim.
- The Conciliation Court Statement of Claim & Summons form must be filed within 60 days following the service of the Notice of Seizure and Intent to Forfeit Property.
- The parties listed on the claim form would be: Plaintiff (plaintiff's name) vs. Seized property (description) c/o Hennepin County Attorney – Defendant.
- To file in Hennepin County Conciliation Court, the drug-related incident must have occurred in Hennepin County, and a copy of the claim form must be served on:
A-2000, Hennepin County Government Center
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN, 55487
For questions about property seized in a drug arrest in Hennepin County, call (612) 348-8192.
All claims must be filed at Room 306, Minneapolis City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
How to file a claim for property seized in a DWI arrest
This section refers ONLY
to a claim for a motor vehicle seized in a DWI arrest
under Minn. Stat. § 169A.63.
- Effective August 1, 2012, claims for return of seized property may be filed in Conciliation Court if the property is valued at $15,000 or less. No filing fee is charged for claims of property valued less than $500. If the claim is more than $500, up to the limit of $15,000, then the regular filing fee must be paid.
- A party must have their copy of Form No. 2857 "Notice of Seizure and Intent to Forfeit Property" (sent to them by the City Attorney in the city of the arrest), and a copy must be attached to their Conciliation Court claim.
- The Conciliation Court Statement of Claim & Summons form must be filed within 60 days following the service of the "Notice of Seizure."
- The case should be titled: (Plaintiff’s name) Plaintiff vs. Seized property (description) c/o [name of City Attorney] City Attorney - Defendant.
- If the claim is for $2,500 or more, the court will issue service paperwork at time of filing the claim. The paperwork must be served on the City Attorney’s Office in the city where the forfeiture took place and to the law enforcement agency.
- For questions about property seized during DWI arrests in Minneapolis, please call (612) 673-2644.
All claims must be filed at Room 306, Minneapolis City Hall, 350 South Fifth Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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