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St. Paul MN 55102
Certificate of Settlement Now Required
On February 15th, 2012, the Second Judicial Family Court announced that it will now require a Certificate of Settlement be filed prior to any motion scheduled to be heard by the court.
Pursuant to Rule 303.03(c) of the MN Family Court Rules, Settlement Efforts.
Except in parentage cases when there has been no court determination of the existence of the parent and child relationship, and except in situations where a court has ordered that no contact occur between the parties, the moving party shall, within 7 days of filing a motion, initiate a settlement conference either in person, or by telephone, or in writing in an attempt to resolve the issues raised. Unless ADR is not required under Rule 310, this conference shall include consideration of an appropriate ADR process under Rule 114. The moving party shall certify to the court compliance with this rule or any reasons for not complying. The moving party shall file a Certificate of Settlement Efforts in the form developed by the state court administrator not later than 24 hours before the hearing. Unless excused by the Court for good cause, no motion shall be heard unless the parties have complied with this rule. Whenever any pending motion is settled, the moving party shall promptly advise the court.
Failure to file the Certificate of Settlement may result in a motion to be stricken from the court’s calendar.
The Certificate of Settlement is available on the Second Judicial website Certificate of Settlement Efforts, or at the Family Self Help Service Center.
Family Court Clerks Office, Room 160 Courthouse
Family Court Overview
Family Court oversees court cases involving family matters such as dissolutions of marriage, parenting time schedules and disputes, child custody issues, child support establishment and modification, and paternity cases.
Family Court judges, referees, and magistrates hold court hearings on these issues, and the Family Court Clerk’s Office maintains the court files and provides access to records and documents.
Family Court also provides a Self-Help Service Center where court staff provide information, referrals, forms, and other assistance for parties proceeding in their Family Court matter without an attorney. The Service Center is located on the first floor of the Juvenile and Family Justice Center at 25 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN.
In July, 2009, the Second Judicial District implemented Early Case Management, specific resources can be found on the ECM Home Page.
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. The court manages the process and disposition of the cases before it. The Early Case Management (ECM) approach that was implemented in July, 2009, uses aggressive case management timing by establishing judicial intervention on cases within three to four weeks of filing. 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.
Location of Family Court
The Family Court Clerk's Office is located in Room 160 of the Ramsey County Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55102. Courtrooms for Family Court hearings before referees and magistrates are located in Room 190 of the Courthouse. Courtrooms for Family Court hearings before judges are located at the Juvenile and Family Justice Center, 25 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN. The Family Court Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Family Court Organization
Records and Filing Unit
The Family Court Records and Filing Unit is located in Room 160 of the Ramsey County Courthouse. Responsibilities of this unit include maintaining permanent Family Court records, processing documents for filing within those records, responding to requests for copies and information, and collecting appropriate fees. Please see our FAQ site or call 651-266-2842 for more information.
Approximately 100,000 paper files are maintained by this unit. Other permanent files are kept in archival form either microfilmed records or imaged records. Dissolution records before 1981 are maintained by the Civil Division Records Unit, 651-266-8237.
Child Support Unit
The Family Court Child Support Unit is located in Room 160 of the Ramsey County Courthouse. Responsibilities of this unit include processing IV-D child support matters, scheduling and holding hearings regarding those cases, and responding to requests for copies and information. Hearings within this unit are heard by child support magistrates. Please see the FAQ site and the Self-Help Service Center site or call 651-266-2831 for more information.
In 2005, over 3200 hearings were held before Ramsey County child support magistrates.
The Assignment Unit responsibilities include scheduling and holding hearings regarding Family Court cases other than IV-D child support matters, staffing the Self-Help Service Center, and responding to requests for information. Hearings within this unit are heard by Family Court judges and referees. Please see the FAQ site and the Self-Help Service Center site or call 651-266-5125 for more information.
In 2005, over 3000 hearings were held before Ramsey County Family Court judges and referees.