Early Neutral Evaluation/
Early Case Management

Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) is a confidential, voluntary, evaluative process designed to facilitate prompt dispute resolution in custody, parenting time (visitation), and financial matters.

How does ENE Work?The fair and efficient administration of justice requires that all cases in family court receive timely attention. This requires the judicial system to handle cases expeditiously and with consistency, fairness and sound decisions.
  • ECM: The court manages the process and disposition of the cases before it. The Early Case Management (ECM) approach uses aggressive case management timing by establishing judicial intervention on cases within three to four weeks of filing.
  • ICMC: The initial meeting with the judicial officer is called an Initial Case Management Conference (ICMC). The judicial officer's involvement soon after the filing encourages the parties and their attorneys (if represented) to focus on resolving and narrowing the contested issues that are barriers to settlement.
  • ENE:  Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) is a confidential, voluntary, evaluative process designed to facilitate prompt dispute resolution in custody, parenting time (visitation), and financial matters. The program offers the evaluative impressions of experienced professionals to parties engaged in custody, parenting time, and financial disputes. Feedback is provided to parties and their attorneys based on case presentations and a limited amount of information gathering. The ENE process is typically completed within one month. A party may choose to end the ENE session at any time.
Following are links to Judicial Branch Policies regarding ECM and ENE:

What is an Initial Case Management Conference (ICMC)?

The intervention of the judicial officer early in the process is a key component to engaging the parties in communication that will help them reach a resolution.  The purpose of the ICMC is to:

  • Establish the Court's control of the progress of the case;
  • Provide early intervention by the Court;
  • Offer Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes;
  • Establish discovery limitations and deadlines;
  • Discuss settlement progress and opportunities for settlement; and,
  • Assign a date for the future conferences, if needed.

Within 30 days of initial filing the court schedules the parties for what is called an Initial Case Management Conference (ICMC). Parties will be sent a ICMC Data Sheet. This form needs to be filled out and returned to the court prior to the scheduled date. This hearing is mandatory. If you are represented by an attorney, your attorney needs to be present. At the ICMC, all involved parties will meet with the judicial officer. Here, the judicial officer will talk with you about what the issues and concerns impeding or stopping you from coming to an agreement. The judicial officer will discuss with you your various options which will allow your case to continue through the court process with little or no delay.

What is Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE)?
Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) strives to move families through court efficiently and inexpensively by working with them early on to  reach agreements that will foster the best interests of their families. ENE helps parties focus on the critical issues they face in a confidential, non-confrontational, and settlement-oriented alternative dispute resolution program.

In ENE, parties and their attorneys attend an ENE session with experienced evaluator(s). Each side presents its view. The evaluator(s) discuss the case alone and then share their perspective on the merits of each position. Evaluator(s) identify the key issues and predict how the case is most likely to conclude. The parties are always able to confer with their attorneys and discuss settlement. Sometimes additional meetings are scheduled.

Issues related to custody or parenting time take part in Social ENE (SENE).  In those cases a two person male/female team of evaluators will work on the case. If the issues relate to financial issues, then a Financial ENE (FENE) with a single evaluator, is used. In either type of ENE, evaluators are highly experienced professionals who have also been formally trained to help resolve cases in the ENE program.
 
Over half of the cases settle during the first session and over three-fourths reach at least some agreement. Absent full resolution, the team advises the assigned judge about areas of agreement, additional needed services and how to focus future assistance on the most relevant issues.
 
The parties pay for the costs of ENE according to a financial or social Sliding Fee Schedule. Most who participate in ENE will save a considerable amount of time and money versus contentious litigation in a traditional court setting. ENE is, on average, fully concluded within 90 days. A full determination in a traditional court setting can easily take more than a full year's time.
 

Are there any reports regarding the use of ENE?

In 2007, the State Justice Institute (SJI) awarded the Minnesota Judicial Branch a State Court grant to help implement the Third/Fifth Judicial Districts' Early Case Management/Early Neutral Evaluation (ECM/ENE) pilot project, and support expansion of ECM/ENE. Click here to view the SJI Final Report. The report appendices are available upon request.

When did use of ECM and ENE commence in Minnesota?
An administrative order signed by Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz authorized the establishment of family court early case management pilot projects.

County Program InformationMap showing counties using ICMC, SENE, and FENE   - Updated June 2016

Please select your county from the list below, and then click the "Go" button to see program information and resources specific to your county.

Becker (Seventh District)

For more information on the Seventh Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Clay County Early Case Management Coordinator.

Benton (Seventh District)

For more information, please contact the Seventh Judicial District ENE Program.

Big Stone (Eighth District)

Resources


For more information on the Eighth Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Hon. Donald Spilseth. For information specific to Big Stone County, please contact court administration, (320) 839-2536.

Carlton (Sixth District)

Resources

The lead judge and contact person for the Sixth Judicial District is the Hon. Sally Tarnowski who may be reached through Court Reporter Noel Michaud or at 218-726-2508.

Carver (First District)

Sliding Fee Scale


Fee Scale if the Party is Represented by an Attorney
The Scott-Carver program will use evaluators selected from a panel of professionals experienced in working with families in financial and parenting matters in family court proceedings. These professionals are all qualified to evaluate financial and/or social issues. The SENE will be conducted by a gender-balanced team of two persons. The FENE will be conducted by a single person.

For SENE, represented parties will pay a rate of $175 per party per hour. The Court may apportion the cost between the parties based on their individual incomes.

For FENE, represented parties will pay a rate of $100 per party per hour. The Court may apportion the cost between the parties based on their individual incomes.

Fee Scale if the Party is not Represented by an Attorney
  • 0-$25,000 annual gross income - $50.00 per hour for SENE, $75.00 per hour for FENE
  • $25,001-$50,000 annual gross income - $100.00 per hour for SENE, $75.00 per hour for FENE
  • $50,001 or more gross income - $150.00 per hour for SENE, $75.00 per hour for FENE

Resources

For information on the Carver County Program please contact the Hon. Janet Cain who may reached through Court Reporter Sarah Fisher.

Chippewa (Eighth District)

Resources


For more information on the Eighth Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Hon. Donald Spilseth.  For information specific to Chippewa County, please contact court administration, (320) 269-7774.

Cook (Sixth District)

Fee Schedule

Resources

The lead judge and contact person for the Sixth Judicial District is the Hon. Sally Tarnowski who may be reached through Court Reporter Noel Michaud or at 218-726-2508.

Dakota (First District)

Sliding Fee Scale


Fee Scale if the Party is Represented by an Attorney
If a party is represented by one attorney, the party's hourly rate shall be one-half the hourly rate charged by his/her attorney. This calculation applies if such party is also Informa Pauperis (IFP) status. If party is being evaluated by a "team" of two evaluators, the party's hourly rate shall be the hourly rate charged by his/her attorney.

If a party is represented by more than one attoney, the party's hourly rate shall be one-half the highest hourly rate charged to the party. This calculation applies if such party is also IFP status.

Fee Scale if the Party is not Represented by an Attorney

Resources

For more information, contact Dakota County ENE Program.

Dodge (Third District)

Resources

Listed below are forms that are designed to assist you in becoming more familiar with the Dodge County Early Case Management Program.  The Initial Case Conference (ICMC) Data Sheet is a form that must be completed, filed, and served at least two (2) business days before your scheduled ICMC.  The ICMC Data Sheet should be mailed or hand delivered but not e-filed.  The other forms contain more detailed information about the ECM program. For more information on the Dodge County Program please contact Dodge County Court Administration, (507) 635-6260.
 

Douglas (Seventh District)

There is currently no Court-Sponsored Initial Case Management or Early Neutral Evaluation Program in Douglas County.  For additional information on Early Case Management or Private ENEs, please contact the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.

Grant (Eighth District)

Resources


For more information on the Eighth Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Hon. Donald Spilseth.

Hennepin (Fourth District)

Resources

For information on the Hennepin County Program please contact Katie Brey, Senior Manager, or Maggie Vickerman, Staff Attorney.

Houston (Third District)

For more information on the Houston's ECM-ENE Program please contact court administration: (507) 725-5806.

Itasca (Ninth District)

ENE Fee

There is a flat fee of $600 per couple ($300 per person) for ENE services to be paid to the evaluator(s) in advance of the ENE.  A request can be made to the judge for a reduced fee.  Or contact Lisa or Sandy at Cooperative Solutions at 218-327-4908 or Court Administration at 218-327-2870.
 

Resources

Listed below are forms that are designed to assist you in becoming more familiar with the Itasca County ENE Program.  The Initial Case Management Conference (ICMC) Data Sheet is a form that must be completed and submitted at least five (5) business days before your scheduled ICMC. The other forms contain more detailed information about ENE and its costs.
The contacts for the Itasca County/Grand Rapids program are attorney Sara Swanson and Cooperative Solutions at 218-327-4908

Kandiyohi (Eighth District)

Resources


For more information on the Eighth Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Hon. Donald Spilseth.

Kittson (Ninth District)

Kittson County uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have Court-Sponsored Early Neutral Evaluations available at this time.  For more information on Kittson County's Early Case Management Program, please contact court administration, (218) 843-3632.
 

Resources

Listed below is a form needed for the Kittson County Early Case Management Program.  The Initial Case Conference (ICMC) Data Sheet is a form that must be completed, filed, and served at least two (2) business days before your scheduled ICMC.  The ICMC Data Sheet should be mailed or hand delivered but not e-filed.  The other forms contain more detailed information about the ECM program.

Lac Qui Parle (Eighth District)

Resources


For more information on the Eighth Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Hon. Donald Spilseth.  For information specific to Lac Qui Parle County, please contact court administration, (320) 598-3536.

Lake (Sixth District)

Fee Schedule

Resources

The lead judge and contact person for the Sixth Judicial District is the Hon. Sally Tarnowski who may be reached through Court Reporter Noel Michaud or at 218-726-2508.

Marshall (Ninth District)

Marshall County uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have Court-Sponsored Early Neutral Evaluations available at this time.  For more information on Marshall County's Early Case Management Program, please contact court administration,(218) 745-4921.
 

Resources

Listed below is a form needed for the Marshall County Early Case Management Program.  The Initial Case Conference (ICMC) Data Sheet is a form that must be completed, filed, and served at least two (2) business days before your scheduled ICMC.  The ICMC Data Sheet should be mailed or hand delivered but not e-filed.  The other forms contain more detailed information about the ECM program.

McLeod (First District)

Program Description


Resources

For information on the McLeod-Sibley Combined ENE Program please contact court administration, (320) 864-1281.

Meeker (Eighth District)

Resources


For more information on the Eighth Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Hon. Donald Spilseth.

Mille Lacs (Seventh District)

For more information, please contact the Seventh Judicial District ENE Program.

Morrison (Seventh District)

There is currently no Court-Sponsored Initial Case Management or Early Neutral Evaluation Program in Morrison County.  For additional information on Early Case Management or Private ENEs, please contact the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.

Olmsted (Third District)

SENE Fee Schedule

  • 0-$25,000 annual gross income - $50 for initial 4-hour session, $100 hourly rate after initial 4-hour session
  • $25,001-$50,000 annual gross income - $400 for initial 4-hour session, $150 hourly rate after initial 4-hour session
  • $50,001-$75,000 annual gross income - $600 for initial 4-hour session, $200 hourly rate after initial 4-hour session
  • $75,001-$100,000 annual gross income - $800 for initial 4-hour session, $250 hourly rate after initial 4-hour session
  • $100,001-$150,000 annual gross income - $1,000 for initial 4-hour session, $300 hourly rate after initial 4-hour session
  • $150,001-$200,000 annual gross income - $1,200 for initial 4-hour session, $400 hourly rate after initial 4-hour session
  • More than $200,001 annual gross income - $1,600 for initial 4-hour session, attorney's rate averaged after initial 4-hour session

FENE Fee Schedule

  • 0-$25,000 annual gross income - $50 for initial 4-hour session, $100 hourly rate after initial 4-hour session
  • $25,001-$50,000 annual gross income - $100 per hour
  • $50,001-$75,000 annual gross income - $150 per hour
  • $75,001-$100,000 annual gross income - $200 per hour
  • $100,001-$150,000 annual gross income - $250 per hour
  • $150,001-$200,000 annual gross income - $300 per hour

Resources

Listed below are forms that are designed to assist you in becoming more familiar with the Olmsted County Early Case Management Program.  The Initial Case Conference Data Sheet is a form that must be completed, filed, and served at least two (2) business days before your scheduled ICMC.  The other forms contain more detailed information about the ECM program. 
For more information on the Olmsted County Program please contact Hon. Christina Stevens .

Otter Tail (Seventh District)

Fee Schedule

Resources

For more information on the Otter Tail ENE Program please contact the Otter Tail Law Clerks.

Pennington (Ninth District)

Pennington County uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have Court-Sponsored Early Neutral Evaluations available at this time.  For more information on Pennington County's Early Case Management Program, please contact Darla Boen, in court administration, (218) 683-7023.

Polk (Ninth District)

Polk County uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have Court-Sponsored Early Neutral Evaluations available at this time.  For more information on Polk County's Early Case Management Program, please contact Connie Wilkens, in court administration, (218) 281-2332.
 

Resources

Listed below is a form needed for the Polk County Early Case Management Program.  The Initial Case Conference (ICMC) Data Sheet is a form that must be completed, filed, and served at least two (2) business days before your scheduled ICMC.  The ICMC Data Sheet should be mailed or hand delivered but not e-filed.  The other forms contain more detailed information about the ECM program.

Pope (Eighth District)

Resources


For more information on the Eighth Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Hon. Donald Spilseth. For information specific toPope County, please contact court administration, (320) 634-5222.

Ramsey (Second District)

Fee Schedule

Resources

Listed below are forms that are designed to assist you in becoming more familiar with ECM in Ramsey County. The Initial Case Conference Data Sheet is a form that must be completed, submitted to the court and served at least three (3) business days before your scheduled Initial Case Management Conference.  This information is for use at the ICMC only and is not evidence for purposes of a trial.  The other forms contain more detailed information about ENE and its' costs.

Attorneys:  ICMC data sheets should be submitted to the assigned judicial officer by email to the email address boxes that have been set up for each judicial unit.  This is the ONLY exception to the mandate that pleadings be filed electronically. eFiling Business Process
  For more information on the Ramsey County Program please contact Terri Barett.

Red Lake (Ninth District)

Red Lake County uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have Court-Sponsored Early Neutral Evaluations available at this time.  For more information on Red Lake County's Early Case Management Program, please contact Sherry Largis, in court administration, (218) 253-4281.

Renville (Eighth District)

Resources


For more information on the Eighth Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Hon. Donald Spilseth.

Scott (First District)

Sliding Fee Scale


Fee Scale if the Party is Represented by an Attorney
The Scott-Carver program will use evaluators selected from a panel of professionals experienced in working with families in financial and parenting matters in family court proceedings. These professionals are all qualified to evaluate financial and/or social issues. The SENE will be conducted by a gender-balanced team of two persons. The FENE will be conducted by a single person.

For SENE, represented parties will pay a rate of $175 per party per hour. The Court may apportion the cost between the parties based on their individual incomes.

For FENE, represented parties will pay a rate of $100 per party per hour. The Court may apportion the cost between the parties based on their individual incomes.

Fee Scale if the Party is not Represented by an Attorney
  • 0-$25,000 annual gross income - $50.00 per hour for SENE, $75.00 per hour for FENE
  • $25,001-$50,000 annual gross income - $100.00 per hour for SENE, $75.00 per hour for FENE
  • $50,001 or more gross income - $150.00 per hour for SENE, $75.00 per hour for FENE

Resources


For information on the Scott County Program please contact the Hon. Carrie Lennon who may reached through Court Reporter Mary Johnson.

Sherburne (Tenth District)

Program Description

Fee Schedule

Resources

For information on the Sherburne County Program please contact the District Coordinator Miriam Friesen.

Sibley (First District)

Program Description


Resources

For information on the McLeod-Sibley Combined ENE Program please contact court administration, (507) 237-4051.

St. Louis Duluth (Sixth District)

The lead judge and contact person for the Sixth Judicial District is the Hon. Sally Tarnowski who may be reached through Court Reporter Noel Michaud or at 218-726-2508. Ann LeRette, GAL Program Manager, may also be contacted

St. Louis Hibbing (Sixth District)

The lead judge and contact person for the Sixth Judicial District is the Hon. Sally Tarnowski who may be reached through Court Reporter Noel Michaud or at 218-726-2508. Ann LeRette, GAL Program Manager, may also be contacted

St. Louis Virginia (Sixth District)

Resources

The lead judge and contact person for the Sixth Judicial District is the Hon. Sally Tarnowski who may be reached through Court Reporter Noel Michaud or at 218-726-2508. Ann LeRette, GAL Program Manager, may also be contacted

Stearns (Seventh District)

For more information, please contact the Seventh Judicial District ENE Program.

Stevens (Eighth District)

Resources


For more information on the Eighth Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Hon. Donald Spilseth.  For information specific to Stevens County, please contact court administration, (320) 208-6640.

Swift (Eighth District)

Resources


For more information on the Eighth Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Hon. Donald Spilseth.

Todd (Seventh District)

There is currently no Court-Sponsored Initial Case Management or Early Neutral Evaluation Program in Todd County.  For additional information on Early Case Management or Private ENEs, please contact the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.

Traverse (Eighth District)

Resources


For more information on the Eighth Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Hon. Donald Spilseth.

Wadena (Seventh District)

For more information, please contact the Seventh Judicial District ENE Program.

Waseca (Third District)

Resources

For more information on Early Neutral Evaluations and Early Case Management in Waseca please contact the Waseca ENE Program.

Wilkin (Eighth District)

Resources


For more information on the Eighth Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Hon. Donald Spilseth.

Winona (Third District)

For more information on the Winona's ECM-ENE Program please contact court administration: (507) 457-6385.

Yellow Medicine (Eighth District)

Resources


For more information on the Eighth Judicial District ENE Program please contact the Hon. Donald Spilseth.  For information specific to Yellow Medicine County, please contact court administration, (320) 564-3325.

The master training list contains individuals who have completed SENE and FENE training.  The listing of an individual on this roster indicates only that the person has completed an approved ENE training course.  It does not reflect whether the individual meets any other minimum qualifications for providing SENE or FENE services.  To determine whether someone has been selected to serve as an ENE neutral in a specific county, please contact the lead judge or contact person for the program or find the individual on the training list and contact them directly to learn whether they are currently able to provide ENE services.
Prospective ENE Providers
To be an Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) Provider, one must, at a minimum, complete an Initial ENE Provider Training course approved by the State Court Administrator’s Office, and be added to the Master Training List.  However, each county’s program has additional criteria and its own application process.

Please note that completion of an approved Initial ENE Provider Training course does not mean you will be able to serve as an ENE Provider. Prior to completing any Initial ENE Provider Training course, you should first contact the lead ENE person in the county(s) in which you wish to serve to find out about the county’s local requirements and to learn whether they are accepting applications for new ENE Providers. (Go to the County Information tab on this webpage and select the county in which you are interested and then click “go” to find out details for that county).

Below is additional general information and program specific information on being a provider that should be verified for each program with its lead contact person.
 
  • The next approved Initial ENE Provider Training Course will be October 26-28, 2016.  No additional trainings are scheduled at this time.
  • There is a preference for ENE Providers who are licensed attorneys, social workers, therapists, or certified public accountants (CPAs). However, many programs still accept applicants based on special experience and expertise in family law and child development/mental health areas.
  • There is a growing trend to require ENE Providers to also be Rule 114 Qualified Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mediators and Evaluators. For information on being coming a Qualified Neutral, or on re-applying to the Rule 114 ADR Roster if you have “fallen off” at some point, please visit the ADR Board’s Website.
  • The State Early Case Management (ECM)/ENE Program does not endorse any particular Rule 114 Mediation training.  Information on upcoming mediation trainings is provided as a public service. Please contact the program sponsor to verify its course is approved by the ADR Board. Class sizes are usually limited. Some training programs offer non-attorney pricing, early bird discounts, special organization discounts, and/or scholarships. Please contact the programs directly for additional information. The cost listed below is their greatest posted fee.
  • Many programs require a certain number of “ride-alongs” with seasoned providers before applying to their programs.  If you are in, or able to travel to, Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne, and/or Wright County, and would like assistance arranging ride-alongs, please contact the 10th District ENE Coordinator Miriam Friesen.
  • Please visit the ENE website to find out more about ENE, including the ENE Judicial Branch ECM/ENE Polices and Best Practices and the ENE contact person for each county program.
  • Below is information specific to the criteria and application processes of individual programs that should be verified with the lead ENE person for that program:

1st District

  • Carver/Scott: To be add to the Financial Early Neutral Evaluator (FENE) and/or Social Early Neutral Evaluator (SENE) roster in Scott and/or Carver Counties, proof of applicable ENE training and proof of Rule 114 Qualified Status is required.  Applications are accepted on an on-going basis, and Carver and Scott update their rosters two to three times a year, depending when/how many people are requesting to be added.  Email the requested proofs of training and status to Mary Johnson along with your contact information and whether you are requesting addition to the SENE, FENE, or both rosters.
  • Dakota (Information coming soon)
  • Goodhue: Goodhue does not have an active ECM-ENE Program but has expressed an interest in starting a program. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • LeSueur: LeSueur does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • McLeod/Sibley (Information coming soon)
  • Scott (See Carver)
  • Sibley (See McLeod)

2nd District

  • Ramsey CountyRamsey is accepting applications through Monday, July 25th.  Please see their Public Notice for more details.

3rd District

  • Dodge (Information coming soon)
  • Fillmore (Information coming soon)
  • Freeborn: Freeborn does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Houston (Information coming soon)
  • MowerMower County does not have an active ECM-ENE Program but has expressed an interest in starting a program. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Olmsted (Information coming soon)
  • Rice: Rice County does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Steele: Steele does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Wabasha: Wabasha does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Waseca: Waseca County is considering updating its roster.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Winona (Information coming soon)

4th District

5th District

Applications for SENE, FENE, and MSC Rosters are considered by the 5th District Early Neutral Evaluation-Cooperative Resources Committee on an on-going basis.
  • Blue Earth (See 5th District)
  • Brown (See 5th District)
  • Cottonwood (See 5th District)
  • Faribault (See 5th District)
  • Jackson (See 5th District)
  • Lincoln (See 5th District)
  • Lyon (See 5th District)
  • Martin (See 5th District)
  • Murray (See 5th District)
  • Nicollet (See 5th District)
  • Nobles (See 5th District)
  • Pipestone (See 5th District)
  • Redwood (See 5th District)
  • Rock (See 5th District)
  • Watonwan (See 5th District)

6th District

  • Carlton (Information coming soon)
  • Cook/Lake (Information coming soon)
  • Lake (See Cook)
  • St. Louis-Duluth: Applications for SENE and FENE Rosters are considered by St. Louis-Duluth on an on-going basis.
  • St. Louis-Hibbing: The St. Louis-Hibbing Courthouse does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • St. Louis-Virginia (Information coming soon)

7th District

  • Becker: Becker does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Benton: Benton does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Clay: Agreements to serve as an ENE Provider in Clay County are accepted on an on-going basis.
  • Douglas: Douglas does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Mille Lacs: Mille Lacs does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Morrison: Morrison does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Otter Tail (Information coming soon)
  • Stearns: Stearns does not have an active ECM-ENE Program but has expressed an interest in starting a program. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • ToddTodd does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Wadena: Wadena does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.

8th District (Information coming soon)

  • Big Stone (See 8th District)
  • Chippewa (See 8th District)
  • Grant (See 8th District)
  • Kandiyohi (See 8th District)
  • La Qui Parle (See 8th District)
  • Meeker (See 8th District)
  • Pope (See 8th District)
  • Renville (See 8th District)
  • Stevens (See 8th District)
  • Swift (See 8th District)
  • Traverse (See 8th District)
  • Wilkin (See 8th District)
  • Yellow Medicine (See 8th District)

9th District

  • Aitkin: Aitkin currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • BeltramiBeltrami does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Cass: Cass does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.  If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • ClearwaterClearwater currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Crow Wing: Crow Wing currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Hubbard: Hubbard currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Itasca (Information coming soon)   
  • Kittson: Kittson only uses Initial Case Management Conferences. It currently does not have court-sponsored ENE but has expressed an interest in starting an ENE Program. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Koochiching: Kittson does not have an active ECM-ENE Program but has expressed an interest in starting a program. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Lake of the Woods: Lake of the Woods currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Mahnomen: Mahnomen currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Marshall: Marshall only uses Initial Case Management Conferences. It currently does not have court-sponsored ENE but has expressed an interest in starting an ENE Program. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Norman: Norman currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Pennington: Pennington currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Polk: Polk currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Red Lake: Red Lake currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.
  • Roseau: Roseau currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE. If you have an interest in applying to serve as an ENE Provider in this county and/or providing other support for a potential program in this county, please notify the State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager.

10th District

  • Anoka: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications will be pooled and considered as space available on the roster warrants.  The best applicants will be selected from those applications available at the time the pooled applications are considered.  (The deadline for applications to be considered summer/fall 2016 is September 7, 2016.)
  • Chisago (See PICK)
  • Isanti (See PICK)
  • Kanabec (See PICK)
  • PICK: The Combined PICK (Pine-Isanti-Chisago-Kanabec County) Program requires providers to be willing to travel to each of their four counties to perform ENEs, in addition to other criteria.  Please contact the State ECM/ENE Program Manager to be put on the waiting list for an invitation to apply to the PICK ENE Roster.  Applications are accepted only when requested.
  • Pine (See PICK)
  • Sherburne: Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.  Please review Sherburne's roster criteria before applying.  Applications will be pooled and considered, if space available on the roster warrants, in January and July of each year.  The best applicants will be selected from those applications available at the time the pooled applications are considered.
  • Washington: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. The SENE and FENE rosters will be open to anyone who has either (a) completed formal training for SENE/FENE or (b) is currently on the SENE/FENE roster for Anoka, Hennepin, or Ramsey counties. Those persons interested in being included on either or both of the Washington County ENE rosters should submit a letter or email to Court Administration, attention Deb Lepper, stating that they are qualified under (a) or (b) above. Please note that you will be responsible for determining your SENE partners and conveying that information to the Court Administrator for inclusion on the SENE partnering list.
  • Wright: Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.  Please review Wright's roster criteria before applying.  Applications will be pooled and considered, if space available on the roster warrants, in January and July of each year.  The best applicants will be selected from those applications available at the time the pooled applications are considered.
Current ENE Providers
The below information is for ENE Providers who are already on one, or more, program’s approved provider roster. Information on being added to additional rosters, or a first roster, is found in the Prospective ENE Providers section.

The information below is organized by State/General information and then by District Specific Information with Individual County Programs listed under their Districts.

General/State
ENE Evaluator’s Report
Request for Order Extending Timeline for ENE and Order
Minnesota E-Filing Support Center
Tips for E-Filing ENE-Related Documents (Coming soon)
Advanced ENE Provider Training
Rule 114 Qualified Mediator and Evaluators Status – A note from the State ECM/ENE Program Manager
ADR Board Website
Contact the State ECM/ENE Program Manager


1st District

  • Carver/Scott (Information coming soon)
  • Dakota (Information coming soon)
  • Goodhue: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • LeSueur: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • McLeod/Sibley (Information coming soon)
  • Scott (See Carver)
  • Sibley (See McLeod)

2nd District

  • Ramsey (Information coming soon)

3rd District

  • Dodge (Information coming soon)
  • Fillmore (Information coming soon)
  • Freeborn: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • Houston (Information coming soon)
  • Mower: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • Olmsted (Information coming soon)
  • Rice: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • Steele: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • Wabasha: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program. 
  • Waseca (Information coming soon)
  • Winona (Information coming soon)

4th District

  • Hennepin (Information coming soon)

5th District (Information coming soon)

  • Information for the 5th District, which includes Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, and Watonwan Counties, is coming soon

6th District

  • Carlton (Information coming soon)
  • Cook/Lake (Information coming soon)
  • Lake (See Cook)
  • St. Louis-Duluth (Information coming soon)
  • St. Louis-Hibbing: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • St. Louis-Virginia (Information coming soon)

7th District

  • Becker: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • Benton: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • Clay (Information coming soon)
  • Douglas: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • Mille Lacs: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • Morrison: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • Otter Tail (Information coming soon)
  • Stearns: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • Todd: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • Wadena: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.

8th District (Information coming soon)

  • Information for the 8th District, which includes Big Stone, Chippewa, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin, and Yellow Medicine Counties is coming soon.

9th District

  • Aitkin: This county currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE.
  • Beltrami: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • CassThis county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • Clearwater: This county currently only usesd Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE.
  • Crow Wing: This county currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE.
  • Hubbard: This county currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE.
  • Itasca (Information coming soon)
  • Kittson: This county currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE.
  • Koochiching: This county does not have an active ECM-ENE Program.
  • Lake of the Woods: This county currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE.
  • Mahnomen: This county currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE.
  • Marshall: This county currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE.
  • NormanThis county currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE.
  • Pennington: This county currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE.
  • Polk: This county currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE.
  • Red Lake: This county currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE.
  • Roseau:This county currently only uses Initial Case Management Conferences but does not have court-sponsored ENE.

10th District

10th District Tips/Checklist for Successful ENE Process
10th District ENE Evaluator’s Report  (Word Version)
Request for Order Extending Timeline for ENE and Order  (Word Version)
10th District Tips for E-Filing ENE-Related Documents
10th District ENE Program Policies Regarding SharePoint Availability
SharePoint Calendar Technical Support for 10th District ENE/ECM Providers
Contact the 10th District ENE Program Coordinator
 
For general questions about ECM/ENE, contact:
Angel Lussier, State Family ECM/ENE Program Manager