Sixth Judicial District

Map of Minnesota with Sixth Judicial District counties highlighted

Welcome to the Sixth Judicial District, serving Minnesota's Arrowhead Region in Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis counties (Duluth, Hibbing, and Virginia). The District Bench includes 16 District Court Judges who are chambered throughout the District. Sally L. Tarnowski serves as Chief Judge of the District and is a member of the Judicial Council, which oversees the administration of justice in the state.

Together the judges and court administration staff work to provide just and timely resolution of more than 59,000 case filings each year.

Each county seat in the district has a courthouse; St Louis County has two additional courthouses in Hibbing and Virginia. There is a court administration office for each location and a court administrator responsible for the day to day operation of that system. You can find information such as court calendars, fee schedules, jury information and contact information by selecting the desired location.

Effective July 1, 1959, the Minnesota Judicial Branch was divided into 10 judicial districts for administrative purposes, per MN statute 2.722. Each district is made up of two to 17 counties, with the exception of the Second District (Ramsey County) and the Fourth District (Hennepin County). Each district is managed by a chief judge and an assistant chief judge, assisted by a district administrator.

 

Chief Judge

Honorable Sally L. Tarnowski

Assistant Chief Judge

Honorable Michael J. Cuzzo

District Administrator

Marieta Johnson

Deputy District Administrator

Leanne Ventrella

Treatment courts are collaborations between the courts, probation, law enforcement, treatment providers and community partners that work to reduce recidivism of offenders who are chemically dependent. In lieu of incarceration, treatment courts use a treatment-based approach coupled with intensive supervision and judicial oversight to help chemically-dependent offenders maintain sobriety. The offenders enter the treatment court for at least a year, during which time they are expected to complete treatment and remain accountable to probation through providing random urinalysis tests and complying with random home visits.

The Sixth District has five treatment courts.  St. Louis County has four treatment courts: the Duluth Drug Court, the Duluth DWI Court, the Range Hybrid Drug/DWI Court, and the Duluth Mental Health Court. Each court has its own team of professionals that collaborate and meet weekly to help offenders succeed in the program. Each specialty court also requires that offenders appear in front of the judge and the team at weekly hearings.  Carlton County began operating a drug court in August 2014. 

By achieving a sober lifestyle, chemically-dependent offenders are less likely to commit crimes and are more likely to be employed and to be providers for their families. Treatment courts not only save money and increase public safety by reducing crime; they also change the lives of the offenders and their families.

For more information, please contact:

Jared Hendler
Treatment Court Coordinator
Carlton and Duluth Drug & Range Hybrid Courts
100 North 5th Avenue West #320
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 720-1535

Heather Korpela
Treatment Court Coordinator
Duluth Mental Health Court
100 North 5th Avenue West #320

Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 726-2464

Jessica Lange
Treatment Court Coordinator
Duluth DWI Court
100 North 5th Avenue West #320
Duluth, MN 55803
(218) 720-1547
 
Aleesha Ward
Treatment Court Coordinator
Range Hybrid Court
300 5th Avenue South
Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 471-7223

The Sixth District Copy Center in Lake County (Two Harbors) processes all copy requests received for the District (Carlton, St. Louis, Lake, or Cook County).
 
If you’d like a copy of a document from any Sixth District court file, you must submit one of the forms below, and staff at the Copy Center will process your request. If you’re unsure of what documents you need or what the fees are, call the Copy Center first.

Forms
Submit one of the following forms depending on your circumstances.
  • Copy Request Form for eFiling Use this form to eFile your copy request. eFiling instructions are included on the second page of the form. Your copy will be emailed if it’s not a confidential or certified document. Please note, you must be a registered user of Odyssey File & Serve to eFile your copy request.
  • Copy Request Form for Agencies Use this form if you are a member of a government agency. You can email or eFile your copy request using this form. eFiling your request allows for expedited processing; otherwise check Minnesota Government Access.
  • Copy Request Form This is the standard copy request form. You can email it or mail it!
    • To email: Complete the form and email it to 6thCentralCopy@courts.state.mn.us. Staff at the Copy Center will contact you for payment and will process your request once payment is satisfied.
    • To mail: Complete the form and mail it to the address given on the form—along with payment—to the Copy Center. Staff at the Copy Center will then process your request.
Call (218) 834-8330 or (800) 450-8832 if you have questions.


Note: Naturalization Records can be requested through the Minnesota Historical Society. Birth and death records can be requested at any County Recorder’s office in Minnesota. Marriage records can be requested at the County Recorder’s office where the marriage took place.

County Court CalendarsCourt calendars reflect scheduled courtroom hearings, but they do not include all matters handled by the court each day.

Confidential cases and cases that are not remotely accessible under Minn. R. Pub. Access 8, subd. 2 are not posted in this calendar. If your case does not appear on the calendar, do not assume that your court appearance has been cancelled or rescheduled.

The calendar is in searchable PDF format. You can use your computer or mobile device to find your name or the name of an attorney.

Carlton County
Cook County
Lake County
St. Louis County - Duluth
St. Louis County - Hibbing
St. Louis County - Virginia

Please note:
  • This calendar is posted at 7:00 a.m. each business day and updated hourly throughout the day.
  • Calendar hearings are subject to change as there are often changes in scheduled cases, judge assignments, and courtroom assignments.
  • Printed calendars located outside the courtrooms or in public lobbies contain the most current daily calendar information.
  • If you have any questions about the calendar, please contact the local court administrator’s office.
  • Information in the calendar is subject to the MN Rules of Public Access»
District Administration
227 West 1st Street
Suite 333
Duluth, MN 55802