Court Forms Information

All statewide court forms published by the Minnesota Judicial Branch will be updated as Fillable Smart Forms that have built-in intelligence. For information on what this means, read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Forms will be released by categories as they are updated. Each updated form will be labeled "PDF Fillable Smart Form" to download. For help with how to open, save, and work with the Fillable Smart Forms, visit our Tools & Resources for Quick Reference Guides.  

The updated category of forms available are:
How to use the Fillable Smart Forms
1. What are Fillable Smart Forms?
Fillable smart forms have built in "intelligence" which means:
  • When you type your answer in one field, that answer will show up in another spot on the form that asks for the same information.
  • Questions on the form that are not necessary will stay hidden (for example, if you say you do not have children, then you won't see questions about children's names).
  • Some answer fields will expand to allow you to type in longer answers so you will not have to use another piece of paper for your answer.
2. How do I open the form?
To use the full functionality of the forms, you will need to either  save the form on your computer or change your internet settings so that pdf forms are opened in Adobe Reader. Information on changing your settings is explained in "How do I change browser settings to open PDF Fillable Forms?"
 

Save the PDF Fillable Smart Form from the website:

  • Internet Explorer

    • Right click on the form name and select "Save Target As".
    • Choose a location and then click "Save" to save the form to your computer.
    • After saving the PDF, right click on the PDF file and choose "Open with Adobe Reader (or Acrobat).
  • Chrome & Opera

    • Right click on the form name and select "Save Target As".
    • Choose a location and then click "Save" to save the form to your computer.
    • After saving the PDF, right click on the PDF file and choose "Open with Adobe Reader (or Acrobat).
  • Firefox

    • Right click on the form name and select "Save Page As".
    • Choose a location and then click "Save" to save the form to your computer.
    • After saving the PDF, right click on the PDF file and choose "Open with Adobe Reader (or Acrobat).
  • Safari (Mac)

    • Go to "File" then "Save As"
    • Choose a location and then click "Save" to save the form to your computer.
    • After saving the PDF, right click on the PDF file and choose "Open with Adobe Reader (or Acrobat)

NOTE: If you use any other PDF viewer, the form will not open correctly.

3. Can I use these forms on my mobile device?
While you may be able to view and/or print the new Fillable smart forms on a mobile device, depending on which browser you use, you are not able to fill out the forms. If you do not have your own computer or laptop, you can visit one of the SRL Workstations at your local county courthouse or a public computer at your local public library.
4. What are the "buttons" on the top of the form?

All Fillable Smart Forms have buttons along the top of the page that are only seen on the computer, not when printed.

  • Prepare for eFile - If you plan to electronically file you will need to create a static PDF which means it cannot be edited. This button is used to "flatten" the Fillable Smart Form to create a static PDF.
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  • Save for Editing - This button allows you to easily save the document to your computer or flash drive to review and edit your answers as needed.
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  • Print Blank Form Only - If you do not want to type your answers, you can simply use this button to print blank forms and handwrite your answers.
5. Do I have to type my answers?
You are not required to type your answers in order to use the forms. To handwrite your answers, once you have the form open on your computer, click on the "Print Blank Form" to print out a blank copy of the form to fill out by hand.
6. Are the forms available in Word format?
Now that the fillable smart forms allow users to type their answers easily and expands fields for longer answers, there is no longer a need for forms in Word format.

Converting a fillable smart form to Word format is not advised and may not work because you will not see all of the questions or information. Remember that some areas of the form are hidden, and will only show up if you need to answer certain questions.
7. Can I save my answers on a form?
Yes. If you cannot finish the forms at one time or want to save your work so that you can make changes later, be sure to use the "Save for Editing" button on the top of the form. You will need to either save to your desktop on your computer or a USB flash drive.

For steps on how to save your forms, look at our Quick Reference Guide .
8. How do I use these forms to electronically file (eFile)?

In order to eFile your forms through eFS, you must have a PDF that cannot be edited (also called a static or flattened PDF). Once you have have typed all of your answers into the form, save a copy to your computer or flash/usb drive with the "Save for Editing" button. When you save the form, you can make changes without having to type your answers all over again. When saving your form, it is a good idea to use the form number and title for the file name.

When your forms are ready to eFile, click on the "Prepare for eFile" button. If you have not yet typed your name into the signature field, you will need to do that now. Once the signature field is filled in, a new window will open with your form. If your page opens to an Error page, be sure you have opened the form correctly as instructed in the QRG.

Save this flattened form as a new document on your computer or flash/usb drive. Give it a name that you will remember for eFiling (name it something different than what you named the form when you clicked the "Save for eFiling" button).

Next, visit the File a Case page to file in the eFS system.

For more information, read our "Working with Fillable Smart Forms" Quick Reference Guide.



Setting up browsers for Fillable Smart Forms
9. What do I need to open the Fillable Smart Forms?
To use all the features of the forms correctly, all Fillable Smart Forms must be opened using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. If you are not using Adobe Reader or Acrobat, version 8 or higher, you will need to download it.

Adobe Reader is available to download for free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/ .
10. I have most current version of Adobe and forms are not opening. Now what?
If you are using Chrome as your internet browser the forms may still not open even with the most current version of Adobe. This is not something that the MN Judicial Branch has control over or may be able to fix with the forms.

To open the forms, please follow the step-by-steps instructions for "How do I change browser settings to open the PDF Fillable Smart Forms?" at the bottom of this page. Once you change your settings to open the forms directly through Adobe, there should no longer be an issue.
11. How do I change browser settings to open the PDF Fillable Smart Forms?

Below are the steps for updating your internet browser to automatically download and up the PDF Fillable Smart Form in Adobe Reader. After updating your browser, be sure you are using the latest version of Adobe Reader.


Internet Explorer (8 and higher)

  1. Open Internet Explorer and click "Tools" at the top of the screen
  2. Click "Manage Add-ons"
  3. Under add-on types, click "Toolbars and Extensions"
  4. Show "All add-on" in the drop-down menu
  5. Choose "Adobe PDF Reader"
  6. Click "Disable"

Chrome

Version 60 and newer
  1. At the top right in Chrome, click "Customize and control Google Chrome"
  2. Click "Settings"
  3. At the bottom of the page, click "Advanced"
  4. Under Privacy and security, click "Content settings"
  5. Near the bottom, click "PDF documents"
  6. Turn on "Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome"
Version 57-59
  1. Go to Settings (Show advanced settings) > Privacy > Content settings > PDF documents
  2. Check the box that says "Open PDF files in the default PDF viewer application."

All future PDFs opened in Chrome will be downloaded to your computer.

Firefox

  1. Choose Tools > Options
  2. In the Options dialog, click Applications
  3. In the Applications tab, type PDF in the search field
  4. For Portable Document Format (PDF) content type in the search result, select Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox) from the Action drop-down list
  5. Click OK
  6. Restart Firefox

Safari (Mac)

You will need to change the default PDF viewer to Adobe Reader.

  1. Download the PDF to your computer
  2. CTRL+Click the PDF and select "Open With" and then "Other"
  3. Find Adobe Reader in the application list and check the "Always Open With" checkbox
  4. Click "Open"

You will only need to do these steps once. All future PDFs will open in Adobe Reader by default.