2017 Stearns County Open Courthouse Event



The public is invited to celebrate Law Day at the Stearns County "Open Courthouse" event on April 28.
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On Friday, April 28, the Stearns County Courthouse in St. Cloud will open its doors to the public as part of a Law Day “Open Courthouse” event. The event is being held to showcase the work of Minnesota’s courts, and educate the public about the work of judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and citizens in administering the state’s justice system. The free, open-to-the public event, will run from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
The Open Courthouse event will feature numerous activities, including:
  • A special welcome ceremony hosted by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Seventh Judicial District Chief Judge John H. Scherer.
  • An opportunity to meet local district court judges and justice system partners.
  • Guided “behind-the-scenes” tours of the Stearns County courthouse, with presentations by judges and Stearns County justice partners.
  • An information fair with representatives from numerous law- and justice-related organizations.
  • Information on free and low-cost legal services available to the public.
  • Presentations and displays focusing on the history of Stearns County and the Stearns County Courthouse.               
A Somali interpreter and a Spanish interpreter will be available at the event.

The Open Courthouse event is scheduled to coincide with Law Day, a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day was first established in 1958 through a proclamation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Congress passed a joint resolution designating May 1 as Law Day, U.S.A in 1961.
 
“The justice system truly belongs to the people, and serves to keep our communities safe, fairly resolve disputes, and preserve the rule of law,” said Chief Judge Scherer. “As our nation pauses to celebrate Law Day, we wanted to give the citizens of Stearns County an opportunity to learn more about their local justice system, meet the people that work in our courthouse, and find out about the legal services available to them in the community. We will even share many of the colorful and interesting stories that have shaped the history of our near century-old courthouse.”
 
The Law Day Open Courthouse event is being hosted by Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District in partnership with Stearns County and local justice system partners.

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM  Kick-Off Event (Ceremonial Courtroom, 3rd Floor)

A special welcome ceremony hosted by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Seventh Judicial District Chief Judge John H. Scherer.
 

1:15 - 3:45 PM  Guided Courthouse Tours (Meet at the Ceremonial Courtroom, 3rd Floor)

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Stearns County Courthouse, with visits to real courtrooms and the chance to hear from a local district court judge or other justice system officials.  Tours will run every 30 minutes, beginning at 1:15 PM.  
 

12:30 - 4:30 PM  Information Fair (Atriums on 2nd and 3rd Floors)

Visit an information fair designed to showcase the work of many of the justice system partners in the local community, share legal resources available to the public, and highlight new advancements in criminal justice and court technology being implemented across the state.
 

12:30 - 4:30 PM  Law LIbrary: Legal Resources Available (Law Library Information Table (1st Floor)

Law Librarians will be available to answer questions and provide information to interested visitors about legal information and resources available in the community. 
 

12:30 - 4:30 PM  Art and History on Display (Atriums on 2nd and 3rd Floors)

Visitors can view courthouse artwork created by local students, and historic artifacts relating to the courthouse and the practice of law in Stearns County.
 

1:30 - 4:30 PM  Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit (Courtroom 344, 3rd Floor)

Meet a Stearns County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit.
 

1 - 4 PM  Self-Guided Courthouse Tours (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Floors)

Brochures will be available for those wishing to take a self-guided tour of the courthouse.
 

Printable Schedule

1:15 - 3:45 PM  Guided Courthouse Tours (Meet at the Ceremonial Courtroom, 3rd Floor)

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Stearns County Courthouse, with visits to real courtrooms and the chance to hear from a local district court judge or other justice system officials.  Tours will run every 30 minutes, beginning at 1:15 PM.  
The Open Courthouse event will include an information fair with representatives from numerous law- and justice-related organizations, including:
  • Stearns County Sheriff's Office
  • Community Corrections
  • Minnesota Judicial Branch Equal Justice Committee
  • Veterans' Administration
  • Stearns County Court Administration
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Paralegal Program - St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • Stearns County Public Defenders Office
  • Stearns County Attorney's Office
  • Treatment Court 
Information tables will be located in the Atriums on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Floors of the Stearns County Courthouse.
 
The Stearns County Courthouse is located at 725 Courthouse Square in St. Cloud. Directions and parking information is available on the Stearns County website at: https://co.stearns.mn.us/ContactUs/DirectionstoOurOffices.

Please note: The Stearns County Courthouse is a secured building, and all visitors are subject to screening before entering. Cell phones are not allowed in the courthouse.