Minnesota’s Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project is intended to increase access to civil legal representation in case types where one or both parties typically appear without legal representation. The Minnesota Supreme Court adopted Court Rule amendments
on September 29, 2020, which authorizes the Pilot Project, effective March 1, 2021 through March 2023.
The Pilot Project permits legal paraprofessionals, under the supervision of a Minnesota attorney, to provide legal advice and, in some cases, represent a client in court in two legal areas: landlord-tenant disputes and family law disputes. A Standing Committee, to be established later in 2020, will oversee the Pilot effort and evaluate its success in meeting the goal of improving access to legal services.
Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project Background
Minnesota Supreme Court Order ADM19-8002
established the Implementation Committee to assess Pilot Project options and provide recommendations for implementing and evaluating the Pilot. Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul C. Thissen
and Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge John R. Rodenberg
co-chaired the Implementation Committee, and members included legal experts from throughout Minnesota.
Also, see the March 2020 Judicial Branch News Item, Supreme Court authorizes new pilot to expand role of legal paraprofessionals
, for more information.
The Implementation Committee filed its report
with the Supreme Court, recommending rule amendments and that the Pilot Project focus on both housing and family disputes.
The Supreme Court issued an Order
establishing a public comment period and hearing.
Following the public comment period, the Court issued the Order Regarding Public Hearing on Proposed Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project
, which set the schedule for the public hearing held on August 11, 2020.