Hennepin Criminal & Traffic Division

The Criminal Division handles cases in two locations in downtown Minneapolis, and three in the suburbs (Brooklyn Center, Edina, and Minnetonka). It includes other courts focused on one case type such as DWI, drug offenses, domestic violence, and community-related offenses, as well as a court focused on military veterans.

Related: Violations Bureau & Hearing Office
 
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Effective July 1, 2015, eFiling and eService will be mandatory for all case types for attorneys, government agencies, and guardians ad litem in Hennepin County and the other 10 eCourtMN pilot counties (Cass, Clay, Cook, Dakota, Faribault, Kandiyohi, Lake, Morrison, Ramsey, and Washington). This requirement is part of recent amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Court, enacted by a Minnesota Supreme Court order issued on April 23, 2015. The amendments were adopted after an extensive process to update the Minnesota Rules of Court to accommodate electronic filing and service in the district courts. For more information on eFiling and eService, check out our eFile and eServe website.​

PUBLIC NOTICE: Citizens have reported fraudulent calls where they are told that they have a warrant and that the need to pay to resolve the warrant immediately. They are then asked for their credit card information. These calls are not from the MN Judicial Branch.

The court DOES NOT call and ask for credit card information over the phone in order to pay for a warrant. If you receive one of these calls, please contact your local law enforcement agency. 

If you have questions about owing money to the court, please call (612) 348-2040 to speak with a clerk.

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Criminal Expungement Hearings
To schedule a criminal expungement hearing, call the Expungement Scheduling Line at (612) 348-8305, or visit the Self-Help Center in person.
 
Criminal & Civil Signing Judge Hours
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon | 1:30p - 4:15p
Monday - Friday, closed legal holidays
Hennepin County Government Center

Hennepin Criminal Court Main Address:
Hennepin County Govt. Ctr.
300 South 6th Street, C-11
Minneapolis, MN 55487 
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Phone: (612) 348-2040
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Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday 
Closed holidays

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Courts in downtown Minneapolis (Division 1)
The two downtown court locations handle all felony charges issued in Hennepin County. They also handle all misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor criminal and traffic charges issued in Minneapolis, St. Anthony (area in Hennepin County), Three Rivers Park District (area in Hennepin County), and Fort Snelling Unorganized Territory.

Division 1
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th Street
Skyway Level
Minneapolis, MN 55487 [map]

Division 1
Hennepin County Public Safety Facility
401 4th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415 [map]

Suburban Criminal Courts (Divisions 2, 3, & 4)
The three suburban courts are responsible for processing all non-felony traffic and criminal cases for the cities in their jurisdictions. They also process all traffic violation tickets, respond to public questions on criminal matters, and provide a hearing officer who conducts hearings on traffic and petty misdemeanor matters. Other types of cases, such as civil, family law, small claims, etc., are not filed in the suburban courts, but are handled in other Court Divisions.

Division 2
Brookdale
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
[map]
Serves these municipalities: 
Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Corcoran, Crystal, Greenfield, New Hope, Osseo, Robbinsdale, Rogers, as well as parts of Dayton, Hanover, and Rockford in Hennepin County.

Division 3
Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305 [map]
Serves these municipalities: 
Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenwood, Hopkins, Independence, Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD), Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Mound, Orono, Plymouth, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Bonifacius, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, and Woodland.

Division 4
Southdale
7009 York Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55435 [map]
Serves these municipalities: 
Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, St. Louis Park, and the Metropolitan Airport Commission (Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport).

Criminal Mental Health Court

Allison Holbrook, Coordinator
(612) 348-6302
Allison.Holbrook@courts.state.mn.us 


Domestic Violence Court

(612) 348-2040


Drug Court

John Hultquist, Program Coordinator
(612) 348-9265
John.Hultquist@courts.state.mn.us


DWI Court

Dennis Miller, Program Coordinator
(612) 348-3874 
Dennis.Miller@courts.state.mn.us


GIFT Court

John Hultquist, Program Coordinator
(612) 348-9265
John.Hultquist@courts.state.mn.us


HOMES Court

John Hultquist, Program Coordinator
(612) 348-9265
John.Hultquist@courts.state.mn.us


Veterans Court

Allison Holbrook, Coordinator
(612) 348-6302
Allison.Holbrook@courts.state.mn.us
Suburban Criminal Courts
The three suburban courts are responsible for processing all non-felony traffic and criminal cases for the cities in their jurisdictions. They also process all traffic violation tickets, respond to public questions on criminal matters, and provide a hearing officer who conducts hearings on traffic and petty misdemeanor matters. Other types of cases, such as civil, family law, small claims, etc., are not filed in the suburban courts, but are handled in other Court Divisions.

Criminal justice partners who want to view Suburban Court assignments can refer to the following calendars: Division 2 - Brookdale
6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy.
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
(612) 348-2040 (Criminal/Traffic)
Map
Serves these municipalities: 
Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Corcoran, Crystal, Greenfield, New Hope, Osseo, Robbinsdale, Rogers, as well as parts of Dayton, Hanover, and Rockford in Hennepin County.

Division 3 - Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(612) 348-2040 (Criminal/Traffic)
Map
Serves these municipalities: 
Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenwood, Hopkins, Independence, Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD), Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Mound, Orono, Plymouth, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Bonifacius, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, and Woodland.

Division 4 - Southdale
7009 York Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55435-0654
(612) 348-2040 (Criminal/Traffic)
Map
Serves these municipalities: 
Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, St. Louis Park, and the Metropolitan Airport Commission (Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport).
The Criminal Division operates several other that focus on a particular case type and have specific calendars. This helps to reduce delays and process those cases more efficiently. All of the courts are currently housed at the Division 1 location, at the Hennepin County Government Center.
Criminal Mental Health Court is a court that serves defendants charged with a criminal offense who are struggling with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. It is a 12-18 month voluntary program that promotes stability and sobriety through the cooperation and collaboration of the courts, the mental health system, and corrections. This comprehensive care model allows for a rapid response to unmet needs of participants by removing barriers and providing access to mental health services. The program couples judicial reviews with intensive probation supervision, including input from a multi-disciplinary team of professionals led by the judge.

The Fourth Judicial District Court and Hennepin County implemented the Criminal Mental Health Court in 2003 with the mission to promote public safety by addressing the unmet mental health needs of criminal defendants.

Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility is evaluated by the Criminal Mental Health Court Team on a case-by-case basis. General requirements include:
 
  • Charged in Hennepin County with a non-violent felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor offense
  • Hennepin or Ramsey county resident
  • Diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness, traumatic brain injury, or intellectual development disorder
Judge Kerry Meyer presides over Criminal Mental Health Court every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Hennepin County Government Center.

For more information contact:
Allison Holbrook, Coordinator
(612) 348-6302
email: Allison.Holbrook@courts.state.mn.us


Mental Health Court Brochure

The Domestic Violence Court handles all pre-trial and post-trial Minneapolis cases involving misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor domestic cases, including:
  • assault
  • disorderly conduct
  • conditional release 
  • interference with emergency or 911 call
  • probation violation in domestic cases
  • violation of harassment restraining order 
  • violation of "no contact" order under MN Statute § 518B
  • violation of protection order
If a case goes to trial, it is put on the Criminal Trial Court calendar. Often first appearances in new cases and first appearances in probation violations in suburban cases are also heard in the Domestic Violence Court before being scheduled on a suburban court calendar. Suburban cases are also heard in the Domestic Violence Court when an in-custody defendant has a separate felony matter pending because those defendants will not be transported to the suburban court locations for security reasons.

During all Domestic Violence Court calendars, probation officers and victim advocates can be present in the courtroom. The goals of the Domestic Violence Court are to intervene more quickly, increase accountability, connect people to resources, and increase effectiveness and efficiency.

The Fourth Judicial District has established the Family Violence Coordinating Council (FVCC) for the purpose of addressing family violence issues.

Questions? Call (612) 348-2040 or use the chat application at the top of this page. 
The Fourth Judicial District Court and Hennepin County implemented Drug Court in 1997, and revised the program in 2007, with the mission to increase public safety, improve chemical health, and reduce crime by targeting the population of adult, non-violent, chemically dependent, felony property and drug offenders, who are at high risk to reoffend. Drug Court is a voluntary, minimum 12-month, post-conviction program, involving the coordinated efforts of the judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, law enforcement, social services, probation, and treatment specialists to quickly identify and intervene in order to break the cycle of chemical dependency and crime.

The judge is the central figure in a team effort to keep participants engaged in treatment, to reward progress for meeting goals and to sanction noncompliant behavior. Drug Court participants receive ongoing judicial supervision from the court, are placed under intensive community supervision, undergo frequent drug testing and engage in long-term chemical dependency treatment. In addition, Drug Court assists participants in enhancing life-skills which may include such services as: job training, education, family counseling, etc. Drug Court encourages participants to take control of their own recovery, but it also has clear and definite requirements which if broken are swiftly dealt with by the judge.

Judge Bruce Peterson presides over Drug Court. If you are interested in observing Drug Court, hearings take place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom #C-853 in the Hennepin Co. Govt. Center.

For more information, please contact:
John Hultquist, Program Coordinator
(612) 348-9265
email: John.Hultquist@courts.state.mn.us

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The Fourth Judicial District Court and Hennepin County implemented DWI Court in 2007, with the mission to increase public safety and reduce the number of alcohol related traffic deaths and injuries by effectively partnering our justice system and community resources to focus on the specific issues of repeat DWI offenders. DWI Court is a voluntary, minimum 18-month, post-conviction program involving the coordinated efforts of the judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, law enforcement, social services, probation, treatment specialists, and victim advocates to quickly identify and intervene in order to break the cycle of chemical dependency and drunk driving.

Eligibility Guidelines:
  • Hennepin County resident
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Gross Misdemeanor or first-time Felony level charge
  • Hennepin County arrest and charged
  • Diagnosis of substance abuse or chemical dependency
  • Must complete an orientation and screening, voluntarily agree to participate in the program, and be approved by the DWI Court team
The judge is the central figure in a team effort to keep participants engaged in treatment, to reward progress for meeting goals and to sanction noncompliant behavior. DWI Court participants receive ongoing judicial supervision from the court, are placed under intensive community supervision, undergo frequent drug testing and engage in long-term chemical dependency treatment. In addition, DWI Court assists participants in enhancing life-skills which may include such services as: job training, education, family counseling, etc. DWI Court encourages participants to take control of their own recovery, but it also has clear and definite requirements which if broken are swiftly dealt with by the judge. 

Judge Kerry W. Meyer presides over the DWI Court. If you are interested in observing DWI Court, hearings take place every Thursday and Friday at 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom C-857 in the Hennepin County Government Center.

For more information, please contact:
Dennis Miller, Program Coordinator
(612) 348-3874 
​email: Dennis.Miller@courts.state.mn.us

Resources:
Gaining Independence for Females in Transition (GIFT) Court

The GIFT Court is a problem-solving court for women who are:
  • charged by the City of Minneapolis with prostitution,
  • have 3 or fewer prior prostitution convictions, and
  • are not currently on felony probation.
Cases are referred to this calendar after the case is resolved, with the consent of both the prosecutor (Minneapolis City Attorney) and the defendant's attorney, for monitoring and to provide services. The GIFT program was created using real-life experiences of women who were previously involved in prostitution. These women now serve as mentors to current GIFT calendar participants, helping them identify their strengths and giving them encouragement and support on their journey.

Judge Bruce Peterson presides over GIFT Court.The GIFT Calendar occurs on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Hennepin Co. Govt. Center. (Note: the GIFT calendar is only open to women and justice partners, unless approved by the Court.)

For more information, please contact:
John Hultquist, Program Coordinator
(612) 348-9265
email: John.Hultquist@courts.state.mn.us
 
GIFT Court Brochure
Housing Outreach for Minneapolitans Establishing Stability (HOMES) Court

HOMES Court is a problem-solving court that targets chronically homeless persons who:
  • are charged with non-felony livability offenses in Minneapolis, and
  • are on the City of Minneapolis’s "Downtown 100" list of the top chronic offenders, or
  • are working with an advocate to help establish housing.
The HOMES Court calendar is scheduled through coordination with the Minneapolis City Attorney’s office and they decide which homeless* persons are eligible for the program.

*Note: Homeless includes individuals who have been homeless and have recently been housed but are in need of services to remain housed.

Judge Bruce Peterson presides over HOMES Court. If you are interested in observing HOMES Court, hearings take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom #C-853 in the Hennepin Co. Govt. Center.

For more information, please contact:
John Hultquist, Program Coordinator
(612) 348-9265
email: John.Hultquist@courts.state.mn.us
 
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Flag in Hennepin County Government CenterHennepin County Veterans Court is a court that serves veterans charged with a criminal offense who are struggling with addiction, serious mental illness, and/or co-occurring disorders. It is a 12-18 month coordinated program that promotes sobriety, recovery, and stability involving cooperation and collaboration with the traditional problem solving court partners, with the addition of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care, the Veterans Benefits Administration, County Veterans’ Services, and volunteer veteran mentors. The program couples judicial reviews with intensive probation supervision including input from a multi-disciplinary team of professionals led by the judge. The Fourth Judicial District Court and Hennepin County implemented Veterans Court in July 2010 with the mission of promoting public safety by assisting and supporting veterans and their families through a coordinated response, through collaboration with the veterans’ service delivery system, community based services, and the criminal justice system.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Eligibility is evaluated by the Veterans Court Team on a case-by-case basis. General requirements include:
  • Service in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Charged in Hennepin County with a non-violent felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor offense Residence in Hennepin County, or in close proximity to the Court (metro area)
  • Diagnosed with a treatable behavioral, mental health, or chemical health issue
Judge Kerry Meyer presides over Veterans Court every Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Hennepin County Government Center.

For more information, please contact:
Allison Holbrook, Program Coordinator
(612) 348-6302
email: Allison.Holbrook@courts.state.mn.us


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Veterans Court Partners

State of Minnesota
  • Fourth Judicial District / Hennepin County District Court
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Employment and Economic Development
    • Veterans Employment Services
Hennepin County
  • Board of Commissioners
  • Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Department of Human Services and Public Health
    • Veterans’ Service
    • Corporate Compliance and Quality Assurance
  • Attorney’s Office
  • Public Defender’s Office
  • Sheriff's Office
U.S. government
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Minneapolis VA Medical Center
    • Veterans Benefits Administration, St. Paul Regional Office
    • Department of Justice
      • Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
    • AmeriCorps (Veteran Service Corps)
City of Minneapolis
  • Attorney’s Office
  • Police Department
Others
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – Minnesota
  • Battered Women’s Justice Project
  • Domestic Abuse Project
  • Council on Crime and Justice

Online

MNCIS - MPA Remote is the public, online version of the MN Court Information System (MNCIS), where you can search court records online. NOTE: There are limits to case information online which are described in the MN Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch. Online records do NOT include street addresses for parties, or information on pre-conviction criminal, traffic, and petty misdemeanor cases. Pre-conviction criminal information is only available at the courthouse or by calling the Hennepin County Criminal Court at (612) 348-2040.


At the Courthouse

Most Hennepin Court records are available electronically at the courthouse. To request copies of a document from a court file, you may visit the District Court Records Centeron the B-Level of the Hennepin Co. Govt Center, or one of the Suburban Courthouse locations. There is a $10 fee for a copy of a court document, and a $16 fee for a certified copy of a court document. People can also search records online using MNCIS computers at the suburban courthouses and at the B-Level District Court Records Center.


By Mail

You can request a copy of a Hennepin County criminal court record (e.g, case history) through the mail for a fee (see criminal and miscellaneous fees). To submit a record request, please fill out a Court Document Copy Request Form and send it to the court along with the fee to the court address listed on the form.

Please visit our main Records Center page for more details on how to find Hennepin Court Records, get copies, and for hours and court locations.
IMPORTANT! 
You should talk to a lawyer and get advice on how laws and rules may affect your situation. The information here is NOT a substitute for legal advice. Read What Court Staff Can and Cannot Do for You.
 

Statutes & Court Rules

The following is a list of some of the laws and rules that relate to criminal cases in District Court. See also Laws, Rules & Legal Research and the Criminal Law Guide (MN State Law Library).
 

Minnesota Statutes:

Minnesota Court Rules:

  • Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Rules of Evidence
  • Appendix of Criminal Rules Forms See also Criminal Court Forms.

Minnesota General Rules of Practice:

  • Title I. Rules Applicable to All Court Proceedings
  • Title VIII. Rules on Criminal Matters
  • Title IX. Jury Management Rules
You can help get with legal research at the MN State Law Library, the Hennepin County Law Library, and other law libraries throughout Minnesota. County law libraries are open to the public, and hours will vary.