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The management of court records is controlled by the Records Retention Schedule for the MN Judicial Branch and the law at MN Statute § 138.17 on keeping and destroying public records.
Housing Court files are generally open to the public. See the MN Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch. There is no charge to look at a file or court record.
"Expungement" means sealing the public record of a court action. If an eviction case is expunged, then someone searching court files cannot find a record of the eviction case. The law allows courts to expunge eviction cases, but only in a small number of situations. Learn more about Expungement of Housing Records.
How to Get Court Records
MNCIS - MPA Remote is the public, online version of the MN Court Information System (MNCIS), where you can search court records online. NOTE: There are limits to case information online which are described in the MN Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch. Online records do NOT include street addresses for parties, or information on pre-conviction criminal, traffic, and petty misdemeanor cases.
To view a court record that has an upcoming hearing date, you must go the courthouse to view that record. After the hearing, you can call the Housing Court at (612) 348-5186 to find out if the record can be accessed.
At the Courthouse
People can search court records online using public-access computers on the Public Service Level (PSL) and on floor C-3 at the Hennepin Co. Govt Ctr. Generally, the public may view the paper files of Hennepin Court records at the courthouse, and those are available at the Housing Court on floor C-3 of the Hennepin Co. Govt Ctr. If you want a copy of a document from a court file, there are fees for plain and certified copies.
NOTE: The Hennepin Court is in the process of converting paper files to digital format, so some paper files are no longer stored on-site.
Generally, the Hennepin County Housing Court does not provide copies of court records through the mail. If you cannot find a court record online or by visiting the courthouse, you may call the Housing Court at (612)348-5186 for more information.
for details on how to find Hennepin Court Records for other types of cases.
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