Courthouses with Viewable Documents
For several years members of the general public have had access to some case information through courthouse public access computer terminals and via the Judicial Branch website. Visitors could find information about a case such as the names of the parties, when a hearing is scheduled, what case events have occurred and what documents have been filed.
As the Judicial Branch’s move to electronic case records expands, the public will also be able to view publicly available case documents on courthouse terminals. Confidential and sealed documents will not be available.
District courts are currently in the process of converting paper case documents into digital images that will be stored in the Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS). As courts complete that process those documents will be viewable via the courthouse terminals in all Minnesota courthouses.
Documents from many types of cases filed in select counties are now available at courthouse terminals (public document images are available locally in Ramsey County). The sharing of document images is a new initiative for Minnesota courts and will be a gradual process estimated to be completed in 2014.
Refer to the map below for the current status of this project.