Filing a Lawsuit
Can I file my civil suit in Ramsey County (jurisdiction)?
Yes, under certain conditions. You will usually sue the defendant in the county where he/she/they reside, however, this may change depending on the circumstances of each case. Jurisdiction can be complicated and because each case is unique, you may wish to consult an attorney
. Court personnel cannot give you legal advice as to where you must sue the defendant.
Can I file in Conciliation Court instead?
If the amount is $15,000.00 or less you may file your claim in Conciliation Court. If the amount is over $15,000.00, file your claim in the Civil Filing Office at the address above.
Why is there no case number on the Summons and Complaint?
In Minnesota, a civil action is started when the Summons and Complaint are served on the defendant, which can happen before a case is filed with the court and given a file number.
For more information, visit the Starting a Civil Action
page of the Self-Help Center.
Can I represent myself? Will the court appoint an attorney if I can't afford one?
You may represent yourself or retain an attorney. Attorneys (Public Defenders) are not appointed in Civil Lawsuits. Representing yourself and not having an attorney will not be an excuse for failure to follow Court Rules and Procedures.
For more information, see the Representing Yourself in Court
page of the State Self-Help Center.
Motions, Hearings, and Trials
How do I request a hearing?
How do I reschedule a hearing?
How do I reschedule a trial?
If a hearing or trial must be rescheduled, you must contact the Civil Assignment Manager for that case to discuss your options.
For contact information and instructions, visit the Civil Assignment tab.
How do I continue my Conciliation Court hearing?
If you have a conflict with the date for your conciliation court hearing, you must send a letter to the Conciliation Court. The letter must be received by Conciliation Court five (5) working days before the hearing. The letter must clearly state the reason why you cannot be at the hearing. Usually only one continuance is granted.
Driver's License & Motor Vehicle-related Civil Actions
What can I do if my car was ordered forfeitded due to a DWI or drug charge?
You have the right to sue for return of the vehicle. If it was seized in Ramsey County you must determine the value of the vehicle or property. This will determine where you file your claim. If the vehicle or property is worth $15,000.00 or less, file your claim in Conciliation Court. If the vehicle or property is worth more than $15,000.00, file in the Civil Filing office at the address above.
For more information visit the Vehicle Seizure and Forfeiture
page on this site.
General Record Information
How do I get copies of Civil documents?
Visit the Civil Records Center at the address above or call our office at the number above to request a copy. There is a copy fee
Can a document or record be mailed or e-mailed to me?
Yes. Any request for copies can be made via phone or mail. Paper copies can be mailed to you. If you prefer, an electronic version can be e-mailed. Only copies for the years 1981 to the present are available for e-mail. Electronic copies can be opened using Windows Picture Fax Viewer. Mail your request to Civil Records at the address above. Copy fees
Do you have records of name changes?
Name Change Records
Yes, if they were filed in Ramsey County. Some of the records are confidential and may not be released without a court order. Copy fees