Ramsey County District Court


Daily Judicial Schedule
Delinquency (Ramsey - Juvenile)
Delinquency (State Help Topic)
Directions, Parking & Transit to the Courts
District Administration
Divorce (State Help Topic)
Domestic Abuse/Harassment
Drug Court (Criminal - Substance Abuse Court)
DWI Court (Criminal - DWI Problem-Solving Court)


Early Neutral Evaluation Program (Select Ramsey from list)
     FENE Roster (Ramsey - Family)
     SENE Roster (Ramsey - Family)
Early Neutral Evaluation Program (State Help Topic)
Education - Students and Teachers
eFile & eServe System
Electronic Recording Devices in Court
Español / Spanish - Resources (MN Judicial Branch)
Eviction (unlawful detainer)
Examiner of Titles (County government website)
Expungement - Criminal (Ramsey - Criminal)
Expungement - Criminal (State Help Topic)
Expungement of Eviction Record (State Help Topic)


I-CAN! Forms (State Divorce/Dissolution Help Topic)
In Forma Pauperis (IFP) (State Help Topic)
Interpreters' Office


Jobs / Careers (MN Judicial Branch)
Judges, Ramsey (Judges Tab above)
Judges, Statewide
Judgments in Conciliation Court (State Help Topic)
Judgments in Civil Court (State Help Topic)
Judicial Assignment (Rotations)
Judicial Officer Directory (MN Judicial Branch)
Jury Office (Ramsey)
Jury Service (State Help Topic)
Juvenile and Family Division
Juvenile and Family Justice Center (Court Location)
Juvenile Court
Juvenile Court FAQs


Landlord / Tenant Actions (State Help Topic)
Language Access Plan
Law Enforcement Center (Court Location)
Law Library (Ramsey)
Law Library (State)
Legal Representation (State Help Topic)
Legal Separation of Marriage (State Help Topic)
Locations (Ramsey Court Locations)


Mechanic's Lien (State Law Library)
Mediation (State Help Topic)
Mental Health Problem-Solving Court (Ramsey - Criminal)
MNCIS / MPA Remote (online case records)
MyMNConservator (MMC) (Conservator Account System)


Name Change (State Help Topic)


Order for Protection (Ramsey - DA/HR)
Order for Protection (State Help Topic)

Civil Court

The Civil Division includes Conciliation Court, Housing Court, Probate Court, Civil Commitment Court, and offices for Civil Case Filing, Scheduling (Assignment) and Civil Records.

Criminal & Traffic Court

The Criminal Division is comprised of six offices: Criminal, Criminal Records, Law Enforcement Center, other specialized courts, Suburban Court, and Violations Bureau.

Juvenile and Family Court

Juvenile and Family Court oversees the areas of: Domestic Abuse/Harassment, Family Court, and Juvenile Court.

Please take note:

Because of recent organizational restructuring, work originally handled by the Assignment Division has been moved to other offices.  You will find much of the information previously found there in the Calendars and Scheduling section of this site.  The Jury Office and Interpreters Office are now separate sections of the Ramsey Court home page.


For maps, driving directions, courtroom locations, and other information about coming to court, visit the Court Locations Home Page on this site.

Main Courthouse 
15 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102

Juvenile and Family Justice Center
25 W 7th St, St Paul MN 55102

Law Enforcement Center
425 Grove St, St Paul MN 55101

402 Commitment Court
402 University Ave E, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55130

Suburban Site in Maplewood
2050 White Bear Ave, Maplewood MN 55109

Coming to Court

When you come to court, you should be aware that weapons and other dangerous implements are forbidden in all courthouses. Second District courts screen all visitors. Bags will be inspected and you will be asked to pass through a metal detector. If the detector goes off, security may use a hand-wand to search for metal. The following items should not be brought into the courthouse:
  • Guns
  • Knives (including pen knives and key chain knives)
  • Scissors (including nail scissors)
If you intend to bring in audio or video media for the presentation of evidence, you should check our Courtroom Technology Resources tab on the 2nd District page to see what hardware is available and what you need to do to arrange for it.

Parking options downtown
City of St. Paul website
Camera Use

Ramsey County Weekly Public Court Calendar »
Name, date, time and location of court hearings scheduled within the next 7 days

Other Calendars:

Daily Judicial Schedule
Today’s location, phone number, and assignment of Ramsey District Court judges and referees
Weekly Judicial Schedule
Location and judicial assignment of Ramsey District Court judges over the next 8-12 weeks.
MNCIS (MPA) Calendars
Search for calendars by attorney, case, date, judicial officer, or party name.  Select "Court Calendar” from the MN Public Access home screen and specify your search criteria
Judicial Assignment / Rotations
Which Ramsey Judges are assigned to Criminal case types, Civil & Probate case types, and Juvenile & Family case types.

(651) 266-8082

Main Courthouse: 15 W Kellogg Blvd Room #70, St. Paul MN  55102
  How do I request an interpreter in Ramsey County District Court?
If you speak some English or are helping someone who does not speak English, call the office where the case is filed and tell the clerk that you want to request an interpreter.  Provide the following information:
  • The date, time and location of the hearing
  • The name of the person who needs an interpreter
  • The language
  • The case number
  • Your telephone number
The clerk will schedule an interpreter for the hearing. Click this link to find telephone number of the office where the case is filed: List of Offices


Do I need to provide my own interpreter for my court hearing?
No.  The court will provide an interpreter for you.

I speak some English, but not well enough.  Can I request an interpreter?

Is there a cost for court interpreter services?

Can the interpreters help me fill out court forms?
No. Interpreters are there only to interpret. They are not allowed to fill out forms.

Are forms available in my language?
The court provides forms in Hmong, Somali, Spanish, Cambodian, Lao, Oromo, Russian, and Vietnamese. Not all court forms are translated into all available languages.  Please Note: Forms filed with the court MUST be completed in English.

I have a document in my language.  Can the interpreter translate this for me?
No. The interpreters are not allowed to translate documents.

How do I become a Court Interpreter?
Visit the Court Interpreter Program page of the Minnesota Judicial Branch site or call their office at (651) 297-5300.

(651) 266-8200

Main Courthouse15 W Kellogg Blvd Room #30, St Paul, MN 55102
Parking Information

PLEASE BE AWARE: There is currently a nationwide identity theft scam being committed where people are called and asked to give their personal information under the guise of missed jury duty. Minnesota Court staff will never ask prospective jurors for financial information such as credit card, bank account, or Social Security information. DO NOT provide this kind of information to anyone over the phone claiming to represent the court system. If you receive this kind of request, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency and your local jury office directly.

General Instructions to Jurors

Important: Bring your Summons with you each day of Jury Duty. Do not bring communication devices (phones, pagers, PDA's).  Phones are available in the Jury Assembly Room.  For jurors who would like to bring a laptop computer with them while serving as a juror in Ramsey County, wireless internet is now available for use while in the jury assembly room. Logon and password information will be available following orientation.

First Day: Report to the Jury Assembly Room, 30 Lower Level, Ramsey County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. to receive orientation and instructions. Usually, if you are not assigned to a trial you will be dismissed at 4:30 p.m.

Ramsey County Judicial Officers

Chief Judge John H. Guthmann

Chief Judge John H. Guthmann Second Judicial District

Assistant Chief Judge Robert A. Awsumb

Assistant Chief Judge Robert A. Awsumb Second Judicial District

Judge G. Tony Atwal

Judge G. Tony Atwal Second Judicial District

Judge Joy D. Bartscher

Judge Joy D. Bartscher Second Judicial District

Judge Shawn M. Bartsh

Judge Shawn M. Bartsh Second Judicial District

Judge Gary W. Bastian

Judge Gary W. Bastian Second Judicial District

Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan

Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan Second Judicial District

Judge Leonardo Castro

Judge Leonardo Castro Second Judicial District

Judge James H. Clark

Judge James H. Clark Second Judicial District

Judge Patrick Diamond

Judge Patrick Diamond Second Judicial District

Judge Jennifer L. Frisch

Judge Jennifer L. Frisch Second Judicial District

Judge Thomas A. Gilligan, Jr.

Judge Thomas A. Gilligan, Jr. Second Judicial District

Judge Sara Grewing

Judge Sara Grewing Second Judicial District

Judge David C. Higgs

Judge David C. Higgs Second Judicial District

Judge Mark Ireland

Judge Mark Ireland Second Judicial District

Judge Richard H. Kyle Jr.

Judge Richard H. Kyle Jr. Second Judicial District

Judge William H. Leary III

Judge William H. Leary III Second Judicial District

Judge Lezlie Ott Marek

Judge Lezlie Ott Marek Second Judicial District

Judge Margaret M. Marrinan

Judge Margaret M. Marrinan Second Judicial District

Judge Robyn Millenacker

Judge Robyn Millenacker Second Judicial District

Judge Laura Nelson

Judge Laura Nelson Second Judicial District

Judge Elena L. Ostby

Judge Elena L. Ostby Second Judicial District

Judge Stephen L. Smith

Judge Stephen L. Smith Second Judicial District

Judge Nicole J. Starr

Judge Nicole J. Starr Second Judicial District

Judge George T. Stephenson

Judge George T. Stephenson Second Judicial District

Judge Judith M. Tilsen

Judge Judith M. Tilsen Second Judicial District

Judge Teresa R. Warner

Judge Teresa R. Warner Second Judicial District

Judge Edward Wilson

Judge Edward Wilson Second Judicial District

News & Notices


October 25, 2016  Search Warrant and Pen Register Information for Law Enforcement Agencies

Second District Court has established MNCIS case number information that enables law enforcement agencies to e-File search warrants and pen registers
Search Warrant/Pen Register List

March 24, 2016  Reimbursement for Attorney Fees and Costs for Appeals

Chief Judge Teresa R. Warner signed an Order pursuant to Minnesota Statute 611.27 detailing the reimbursement fees and costs associated with appeals initiated by the prosecution.
Full text of the order


September 30, 2016 Governer Dayton Appoints Two New Judges to the Second District

Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointments of DeAnne M. Hilgers and Timothy T. Mulrooney as District Court judges in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District.  For more information about the appointees, visit the Minnesota Judicial Branch News page.

July 21, 2016
Judge John H. Guthmann Issues Administrative Order Concerning Firearms and Other Weapons in Ramsey County Court Complexes

Judge John H. Guthmann, Chief Judge of the 2nd Judicial District, issued an administrative order titled,  "In re: Possession of Firearms and other Weapons in a Courthouse Complex Within the Second Judicial District."  The order is effective immediately.  View the order

June 20, 2016
Family Court Seeks Applicants for FENE and SENE Rosters

The Second Judicial District Family Court Division seeks applications for Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (“FENE”) and for private Social Early Neutral Evaluation (“SENE”) providers. Applications will be accepted through Monday, July 25th, 2016.
NOTE: the application deadline has passed, but positions may reopen in the future.  For more information about the programs, visit the Early Neutral Evaluation page of the MN Judicial Branch Help Topics.

April 25, 2016
Kellogg Boulevard Reconstruction Update / Road Closures

On Monday, May 2, road closures and detours will go into effect for completion of the final phase of the downtown Kellogg Boulevard Bridges replacement project.  Spring work is required to place a permanent high-strength concrete road surface on the bridge deck. This work impacts the approaches between Market Street and Wabasha Street and to accommodate this work, segments of downtown roadways will be closed, including:

  • Kellogg Boulevard, between Market Street and Wabasha Street (next to the City Hall/Courthouse)
  • Southbound Wabasha Bridge across the Mississippi River, and
  • Eastbound Exchange Street Viaduct (near RiverCentre).

Bridge work is expected to be completed by mid-June.  Check with the City of St. Paul Public Works for updates on this and on other construction projects.

April 20, 2016
Downtown Road Construction Update

The City of St. Paul Department of Public Works has made the following announcement about road construction in downtown St. Paul over the course of the summer:

  • The Jackson Street and Kellogg Boulevard  intersection will reopen temporarily around May 2. This intersection will remain fully open for approximately 6 to 8 weeks. The timing of the next closure will be dependent on the contractor beginning the work. We will provide more information about specific closing times as the contractor prepares to begin the work.
  • Xcel Energy is continuing their work to upgrade their utilities starting at Kellogg Boulevard and working towards 11th Street in 2016.  This work will be happening at the same time as other work in the area.
  • Starting in mid-June through July, Jackson Street will be closed to through traffic and there will be no parking from Shepard Road to 11th Street. There will continue to be access to the parking ramps and businesses along Jackson Street.
  • Road reconstruction on Jackson Street will start at Shepard Rd. to 7th Place in 2016 (Phase 1), then from 7th Place to 11th Street in 2017 (Phase 2).
  • East-West cross streets including Kellogg Boulevard, 5th Street, 6th Street, and 7th Street will remain open to traffic with at least one traffic lane in each direction throughout the duration of the project. These intersections will be passable, but expect delays while crossing.
  • Final work to complete the Kellogg Blvd. Bridge will be taking place between Market St. and Wabasha St. This area will be closed for approximately 4 weeks starting around May 2.

April 11, 2016

Governor Dayton Appoints G. Tony Atwal and Laura Nelson Olmstead to Fill Second Judicial District Vacancies

ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointments of G. Tony Atwal and Laura Nelson Olmstead as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. Mr. Atwal and Ms. Nelson Olmstead are replacing the Honorable Rosanne Nathanson and the Honorable Salvador M. Rosas, who both retired earlier this year. Mr. Atwal and Ms. Nelson Olmstead will be chambered at Saint Paul in Ramsey County.

About G. Tony Atwal
Mr. Atwal is an attorney at Johnson Becker, PLLC, where he handles cases in employment law and mass tort class action lawsuits. He is also an Appellate Advocacy Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of law and previously was an attorney at Nichols Kaster, PLLP, an assistant appellate public defender for the Office of the Minnesota Appellate Public Defender, and a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Gregg E. Johnson and the Honorable Wilhelmina M. Wright. Mr. Atwal earned his B.S. from Pacific University in Oregon and his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.

Mr. Atwal volunteers as a pro bono attorney for the appellate public defender, serves as a board member on the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, and was recently awarded Adjunct Professor of the Year by Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

About Laura Nelson Olmstead
Ms. Nelson Olmstead is an attorney at Robins Kaplan, LLP, where she represents plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of complex commercial matters and family law litigation. Previously, she was a staff attorney at The Advocates for Human Rights and a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kathryn L. Quaintance in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.  Ms. Nelson Olmstead earned her B.A. from the University of Redlands, Johnston Center and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Ms. Nelson Olmstead is the Secretary of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association and a Bench & Bar Benefit Committee member for the Ramsey County Bar Association. She previously served as a board member on the Hennepin County Domestic Fatality Review Board and volunteered as a mock trial coach at the University of St. Thomas Law School.

More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection, as well as vacancies it is currently considering, can be found on the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor website.

Oct 29, 2015
Governor Dayton Appoints Stephen L. Smith to Fill Second Judicial District Vacancy

ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Stephen L. Smith as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. Mr. Smith will be replacing the Honorable Joanne M. Smith, who retired earlier this year. Mr. Smith will be chambered at Saint Paul in Ramsey County.
“It is my great pleasure to appoint Stephen Smith to serve as Judge in the Second Judicial District,” said Governor Dayton. "Mr. Smith has demonstrated his commitments to justice and public service through his excellent work as a public defender, and in the Office of the Attorney General.”
 Mr. Smith is the principal attorney at The Law Firm of Stephen L. Smith, PLLC, where he litigates employment, criminal, and civil rights cases in state and federal court. Additionally, Mr. Smith has served nearly 14 years as an Assistant State Public Defender. Previously, he was a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and an attorney with the law firms Sprenger & Lang and Messerli & Kramer. He earned his B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Mr. Smith is a member of various organizations, including the Minnesota Association for Justice, the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.

New Implied Consent Policy Documents (January 15, 2015)

Effective January 1, 2015, Implied Consent matters (concerning petitions to reinstate Drivers License privileges) in Civil Court will be handled differently.  Attorneys and litigants affected by these new policies should review the policy documents posted on Implied Consent.

Sara Grewing and Nicole Starr appointed to the 2nd District Bench (December 29, 2014)

Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointments of Sara R. Grewing and Nicole J. Starr as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. Ms. Grewing and Ms. Starr will be replacing the Honorable Paulette K. Flynn and the Honorable Gregg E. Johnson, who retired earlier this year. Both appointees will be chambered at St. Paul in Ramsey County.

Ms. Grewing is the St. Paul City Attorney, where she serves as the chief prosecutor for all misdemeanors within the city, oversees all civil litigation, and provides legal counsel to the Mayor and City Council. Previously, she was Chief of staff to the Mayor of St. Paul, the State Director for United States Senator Amy Klobuchar, and an associate attorney at Flaherty and Hood, PA. Ms. Grewing earned her BM from the University of Minnesota and her JD from William Mitchell College of Law.

Ms. Grewing is a member of the Board of Trustees for William Mitchell College of Law, the Board of Directors for the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation, and the President’s Leadership Circle of Minnesota Women Lawyers.

Ms. Starr is an Assistant Public Defender in the Second Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, where she specializes in forensic science. She is also of counsel at Hellmuth and Johnson, PLLC, and previously served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Katherine D. Roe in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District and the Honorable Justice Zakeria Mohammed Yacoob in the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Ms. Starr earned her BA from the University of Minnesota and her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Ms. Starr is a former board member of the YWCA of the USA and is currently an executive board member of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

New Judicial District Administrator Appointed in Ramsey County (December 3, 2014)

Chief Judge Teresa R. Warner has appointed Heather M. Kendall as District Administrator of the Second Judicial District. The appointment was approved by the Minnesota Judicial Council on Nov. 20, and is effective Jan. 5, 2015.

Heather Kendall has worked in Minnesota’s First Judicial District since 2002; first as a court operations supervisor, and then as a court operations manager in Dakota County District Court. She became Deputy Court Administrator in Dakota County in 2007, and since 2012 has been the Court Administrator for Scott County District Court. She has also served on the Policy 800 Access Program Advisory Panel and the Advisory Committee on the General Rules of Practice. Prior to joining the Branch, Kendall was an associate attorney at Brown & Carlson, P.A. in Minneapolis.

She received training though the International Law Program at the University of Innsbruck in Austria in 1998 and received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 2000. She was also named a Certified Court Manager in 2010 by the National Center for Court Management.

As District Administrator, Kendall will oversee the administrative affairs of the district, including management and processing of all court records and files; district budgeting and accounting; human resources; and maintenance of the district’s computer network.

She will replace Lawrence K. Dease, who retired in November after serving as Second Judicial District Administrator for nearly 15 years.

American Board of Trial Advocates Honors Judge John Van de North as Trial Judge of the Year (August 29, 2014)

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) presented Judge John Van De North with its 2014 Trial Judge of the Year Award at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting on August 21 in Minneapolis. The award recognizes outstanding service and the promotion of integrity and civility in the courtroom, and recipients are chosen by Minnesota ABOTA’s Executive Committee.

Judge Van de North was recognized for his contributions as district court judge for 16 years. In the words of ABOUTA President George Soule, "He supports the right to trial by jury and has tried countless cases, including many high-profile civil and criminal matters, in a fair, impartial, and professional manner. He promotes integrity and civility among all parties in his courtroom, and he is recognized by his colleagues as a judge’s judge, in that he is always available for advice and mentoring.”

ABOTA is an organization of experienced and ethical trial lawyers. Its mission is to preserve the right to a civil jury trial guaranteed by the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, ethics, civility, and courtesy in the legal profession.  For more information, contact George Soule, President, Minnesota ABOTA, (612) 251-5518, gsoule@soulestull.com.
To contact the Court, it is advised that you call one of the numbers listed below. You may e-mail a question using the Ramsey County District Court Contact Form, but bear in mind that much Court business is time-sensitive, and that submitting an e-mail does not constitute permission to miss a scheduled court appearance, filing deadline, or any other obligation you may have involving a specific case.


Civil Court/Filing: (651) 266-8253 Option #4
For Inquiries about civil cases, lawsuits, general questions about Civil Court.
*Case prefix 62-CV

Civil Assignment: (651) 266-8253 Option #5
For Inquiries about scheduling and information on Civil Cases, Implied Consents (Petitions to reinstate a DL after a DWI).
*Case prefix 62-CV

Civil Commitment: (651) 266-2804
For Inquiries about commitment to a care facility because of mental illness or chemical dependency.
*Case prefix 62-MH-PR

Conciliation Court: (651) 266-8230
For Inquiries about Conciliation (Small Claims) cases where the original claim is less than $15,000.00.
*Case prefix 62-CO

Criminal Court: (651) 266-1999
For inquiries about general information on criminal and serious traffic cases.
*Case prefix 62-CR

Domestic Abuse/Harassment: (651) 266-5130
For inquiries about assistance with filing civil  Domestic Abuse Orders for Protection & civil Harassment Restraining Orders (not part of a criminal case) 
*Case prefix 62-DA-FA and 62-HR-CV

Family Court: (651) 266-2842
For inquiries about divorce, child support, child custody, paternity.
*Case prefix 62-FA

Housing Court: (651) 266-8230
For inquiries about Eviction Actions (Unlawful Detainer), rent escrow, tenant remedy actions.
*Case prefix 62-HG-CV

Juvenile Court: (651) 266-5115 or (651) 266-5150
For inquiries about juvenile cases, adoption, delinquency, child protection, juvenile traffic cases.
*Case prefix 62-JV or 62-AD-FA

Probate Court: (651) 266-8145
For inquiries about wills, probate, guardianship, conservatorship, trusts.
*Case prefix 62-PR or 62-TR-CV

Suburban Court: (651) 266-1999
For inquiries about non-felony criminal and traffic cases that occur in Ramsey County, but not in St. Paul. *Case prefix 62-SU-CR or 62-SU-VB

Violations Bureau: (651) 266-1999
For inquiries about Payable offenses that are  not court-required, including traffic, parking, and ordinance violations.
*Case prefix 62-VB

*If the case prefix does not begin with 62, you do not have a 2nd District Ramsey case. Use Find Your District to locate the appropriate Court

Other Offices

Court Administration: (651) 266-8266
For inquiries about administrative offices, information technology, general court policy.

Courthouse Security: (651) 266-8417
For inquiries about Concerns, questions, information about security and entry screening.

Guardian Ad Litem: (651) 266-5273
Representation of the interests of an underage child in a court action  (This is a state-wide program, independent of the Minnesota Judicial Branch)

Interpreter Office: (651) 266-8082
For inquiries about interpreter information.

Jury Office: (651) 266-8200

Law Library: (651) 266-8391
Independent library housed in the 18th floor of the City Hall Courthouse.

Personnel: (651) 266-8266
For inquiries about Human Services, part of Court Administration.

Vital Records: (651) 266-1333
For inquiries about Birth and Death Certificates, Marriage Licenses. (This is a Ramsey County Government office, independent of the Minnesota Judicial Branch)
Main Courthouse
15 W Kellogg Blvd
St Paul, MN 55102

Juvenile and Family Justice Center
25 W 7th St
St Paul MN 55102

Law Enforcement Center
425 Grove St
St Paul MN 55101

Civil Commitment Court
402 University Ave E, Suite 100
St. Paul MN  55130

Suburban Court
2050 White Bear Ave
Maplewood MN 55109