HENNEPIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT

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Hennepin County District Court

 


Some Court Services Available at Hennepin County Government Center

Chief Justice Gildea issued an administrative order that requires face coverings in courtrooms and public spaces of court facilities. It also implements a revised Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that includes conditions the courts are expected to meet to manage in-person activities in a manner that prioritizes health and safety.  The order is effective October 19, 2021. 

Face Coverings
Face coverings are required in all courtrooms and public spaces of court facilities. Individuals should talk to court staff immediately upon entry if they do not have access to a face covering or have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing one. Face coverings will be provided to individuals who do not have access to one. Judges may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court proceedings.
 
Distancing
Distancing measures should be considered among people while in court facilities to the extent possible.
 
Symptoms and Contact
Do not visit any court facility if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus. If you are required to visit a court facility but have COVID-19 symptoms or have had COVID-19 exposure in the last 14 days, contact the court or your attorney as soon as possible.

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Public Service Counters 
The following public service counters are open:
  • Hearing Office, Hennepin County Government Center Skyway level
    • Note that the Hearing Office is not open for hearings, but for general questions only.
    • Access to technology for remote (Zoom) hearings is also available at the Hearing Office.
  • Records Center, Hennepin County Government Center Skyway level
    • Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Criminal Division
    • C-11, Hennepin County Government Center
    • Public Safety Facility
    • Brookdale Courthouse
    • Ridgedale Courthouse
  • Civil Division, C-3, Hennepin County Government Center
    • Includes Conciliation Court, Housing Court, and Judgments
  • Probate/Mental Health Division, C-4, Hennepin County Government Center
  • Juvenile Justice Center
  • Family Justice Center
  • Self-Help Centers
If you have a question about a court case scheduled in Hennepin County District Court call (612) 348-6000.  You may also contact the court by email and use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate county.
 

Webpages available for select high-profile cases

Hennepin County District Court has created webpages for select high-profile cases filed in the court. These pages include all public documents filed in the cases, and other information that will be helpful to parties interested in the cases.

You may sign up to receive an email notice whenever the webpage is updated, by clicking on the “Sign up to receive updates” link at the top of each page.


District Court initiatives to reduce pretrial detention

Hennepin County District Court, in collaboration with justice partners, has and continues to work to manage the pretrial detention of people appropriately at the Adult Detention Center (Hennepin County jail). A document outlining these efforts is available.
 

Criminal Court launches warrant hotline

Hennepin County Criminal Court has a warrant hotline where you can call to get information about your warrant and schedule a court hearing to take care of your case. Your warrant will stay active until you go to court, which means you could still be arrested even though you have scheduled court over the phone. This service gives you an opportunity to schedule a date to take care of it. Visit the Criminal court homepage for more information.
 

Video: Responding for jury duty in Hennepin County

Responding for jury duty? Watch a new video (5:08 minutes) to help you prepare. Please note, this video does not reflect changes to facilities and protocols that were put in place to meet social distancing and safety needs, due to COVID-19.

 

Video: Going to Criminal Court in Hennepin County

Going to Court? Watch a video (4:31 minutes) to help you prepare.
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Video: Get Tips on How to Handle a Ticket in Hennepin County

Got a ticket or citation? Watch our new video (5 min.) to learn about your options.


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Tickets & Fines

Got a ticket? Learn how to resolve it at the Violations Bureau & Hearing Office.

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Civil Court

The Civil Court handles non-criminal cases involving contracts, personal injury, property claims, name changes, implied consent, harassments, and more.

Conciliation Court

Conciliation Court, also known as small claims court, handles civil cases involving money claims of $15,000 or less.

Criminal & Traffic Court

The Criminal Division handles cases in four different court locations, and includes several courts that focus only on certain types of offenses.

Family Court

Family Court handles cases involving matters such as divorce, paternity, domestic abuse, child custody, support and visitation.

Housing Court

Housing Court is a specialty court that handles cases involving landlord and tenant disputes.

Juvenile Court

Juvenile Court handles adoptions, delinquency and child protection matters involving children under the age of eighteen 18.

Probate / Mental Health Court

The Probate Court handles cases involving property of deceased persons; court-supervised trusts; and guardianships and conservatorships for minor children and incapacitated or incompetent adults. Mental Health Court handles cases involving the civil commitment of people to treatment centers, and referrals from Criminal Court.

Learn about Hearing eReminders and how to sign up!



calendar imageCourt Hearing Calendar »

 

Looking to access a hearing remotely by video? Use the Court Calendar to identify the judicial officer assigned to the hearing and contact the judicial officer’s staff via email to arrange attendance.

Looking for a different day? Go to MPA Remote and select Court Calendar.

Location Key:

FJC - Family Justice Center
GC - Hennepin County Govt. Center
JJC - Juvenile Justice Center
PSF - Public Safety Facility
Suburban Courts - Regional service centers located at Brookdale and Ridgedale

Important:

  • This daily calendar is updated during court business hours. It is SUBJECT TO CHANGE and may not include all cases handled by the court that day. Only scheduled activities appear in the calendar.
  • The calendar does NOT include Juvenile Court cases. For information on those case, please call Juvenile Court Administration at (612) 348-4822.
  • Do not assume a court hearing has been canceled or rescheduled if it is not in the calendar. Parties are required to appear in court for their scheduled court hearings, regardless of whether the hearing is listed in this calendar.
  • Some hearings and case details are "confidential" and will not be listed in the calendars (e.g., Orders for Protection, Paternity, etc). Some hearings may be closed to everyone except the parties.
  • Information in the calendar is subject to the MN Rules of Public Access.
  • For questions about criminal and traffic hearings, call (612) 348-2040.
  • For questions about other case types, contact the Court Administration office where the case is located.
Need to schedule a hearing? Contact the Court Division where your case is or will be filed.

Daily Judicial Assignment Roster »

Hennepin County judicial officers are assigned to handle cases in various court divisions, and assignments can change from day to day. Check the roster to find the location, phone number, and assignment for each judge and referee who is schedule for hearings. For questions, please call (612) 348-2040.

Suburban Court Calendars

Some criminal cases have hearings in our suburban court locations (Brooklyn Center and Minnetonka). Criminal justice partners who want to view Suburban Court assignments should see the weekly calendars.

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Records Center »

The centralized Records Center provides public access to court records online, in person, and by mail. Note: Transcript Requests are handled by the Court Reporter Unit, not the Records Center.

For questions about specific case types, go to:
 

Make checks payable to: District Court Administrator

Go to the Minnesota Court Fees catalog to see calculations of base filing fees plus add-ons. Note that use of eFile & eServe requires a $5.00 processing fee.

Changes effective July 1, 2018.

Civil Court

  • Plaintiff / Defendant Filing Fee - $297.00
  • Name Change Applicant Filing Fee - $297.00
  • Jury Fee (party requesting jury pays the fee) - $100.00
  • Plea of Confession if amount confessed is $15,000 or less* - $70.00
  • Plea of Confession if amount confessed is over $15,000* - $297.00
  • Implied Consent* - $297.00
  • Tax Court Regular Division* - $297.00
  • Tax Court Small Claims Division*- $160.00
  • Foreign Judgment (out of state) of $15,000 or less - file a certified copy to register a case* - $70.00
  • Foreign Judgment (out of state) over $15,000 - file certified copy to register a case* - $297.00
  • Demand for Removal Appeal (court trial) - $ 297.00
  • Demand for Removal Appeal (jury trial) - $397.00
  • Administrative Appeals*- $297.00
  • Appellate/Supreme Court - Notice of Appeal and Petition for Writ of Certiorari - $550.00
  • Motion or Responsive Motion in a Civil case - $75.00
  • Fax 1 - 50 pages - $25.00
  • Every 50 additional pages - $25.00
See Miscellaneous Fees below for more details on fees for documents, forms, etc.
 

Conciliation Court

  • Claim - up to $15,000* - $70.00
  • Counterclaim - up to $15,000* - $70.00
  • Subpoena - $16.00
  • Witness Fee - $20.00
  • Witness round trip mileage - $0.28/mile
  • Copy of court record - $8.00
  • Certified copy of court record - $14.00
  • Request for Driver's License Suspension - $14.00
  • Special Term Motion (first filing)* - $70.00
  • Appeal – court trial* - $297.00
  • Appeal – jury trial* - $397.00
See Miscellaneous Fees below for more details on fees for documents, forms, etc.
 

Criminal / Traffic Court

  • Copy of ticket- original - $8.00
  • Copy of ticket- screen print - $8.00
  • Records Check - Certified, if no record - $14.00
  • Records Check - Certified, if record exists - $14.00
  • Expungement of a Criminal Case Record - $297.00
  • Criminal Expungement Forms Packet + Criminal History Printout (Register of Actions) - $8.00
See "Miscellaneous Fees" below for more details on fees for documents, forms, etc.
 

Family Court

  • Petitioner / Plaintiff and Respondent / Defendant filing fees:
    • Divorce (Dissolution) with or without Children, Summary Dissolution - $377.00
    • Domestic Abuse - no fee
    • Annulment, Child Support, Legal Separation - $347.00
    • Custody, Family Other, Paternity, Separate Maintenance - $297.00
  • Motion/Response to motions or actions subsequent to the initial filing requiring a hearing date or action by the court - $75.00
  • Child Support Motion - $50.00 motions
  • Fax 1 - 50 pages - $25.00
  • Every 50 additional pages - $25.00
See Miscellaneous Fees below for more details on fees for documents, forms, etc.
 

Housing Court

  • File an Eviction Action* - $297.00
  • File a Lock Out, Emergency Tenant Remedy Action, or a Tenant Remedy Action* - $297.00
  • File a Rent Escrow* - $70.00
  • Writ of Recovery of Premises and Order to Vacate - $55.00
  • Request for a jury trial - $100.00
  • File a Motion or Response to Motion - $75.00
See Miscellaneous Fees below for more details on fees for documents, forms, etc.
 

Juvenile Court

  • File a Motion or Response to a Motion - $75.00
  • Motion to Intervene as a Party - $297.00
  • Petition for Adoption (child born in the U.S.) - $372.00
  • Petition for Adoption (child born outside the U.S.) - $297.00
  • Petition for Adoption (Adult) - $297.00
  • Petition for Dependency, Neglect or Termination of Parental Rights - $297.00
See Miscellaneous Fees below for more details on fees for documents, forms, etc.
 

Miscellaneous Fees

  • Transcript of Judgment issued from District Court - $40.00
  • Transcript of Judgment docketed in District Court - $40.00
  • Transcript of Hearings and Court Proceedings - see Transcript Requests
  • File a Satisfaction of Judgment or partial satisfaction - $5.00
  • Assignment of Judgment - $5.00
  • Application for Discharge of Judgment - $5.00+
  • Certificate of Discharge of Judgment - $5.00
  • Issuing all Writs/Filing return - $55.00
  • Judgment Search (fee for each name certified) - $5.00
  • File documents by Fax (per group of 50 pages or part thereof) - $25.00
  • Request for Disclosure - $5.00
  • Order to Show Cause After Disclosure - $5.00
  • Request for Driver's License Suspension - $14.00
  • Notice of Attorney’s Lien - $1.00
  • Subpoena (each name) - $16.00
  • Copy of Filed Court Document - Certified - $14.00
  • Copy of Filed Court Document - Exemplified/Authenticated - $14.00
  • Copy of Filed Court Document - Uncertified - $8.00
  • Copy of Unfiled Documents - $8.00
  • Copy of Register of Actions - $8.00
  • Court Forms and Instruction Packets 0-10 pages - No fee
  • Court Forms and Instruction Packets 11+ pages - $5.00
  • Criminal Expungement Forms Packet + Criminal History Printout (Register of Actions) - $10.00
  • Divorce Forms Packet (with or without Children) - $10.00
  • Harassment Forms Packet - No fee
  • NSF Checks (non-sufficient funds) - $30.00
 

Probate Court

  • Initial Filing Fee (Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, Conservatorships) - $297.00
  • Responding, Intervening, or Adverse Parties (first filing) (Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, Conservatorships) - $297.00
  • Petition commencing action after dismissal of initial petition (or case) (Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, Conservatorships) - $297.00
  • Guardianship Motions and Responses - $77.00 (Exceptions: No fee is charged for uncontested petitions to allow accounts, sell real estate or discharges. A party objecting to a petition must pay either an initial filing fee or motion fee, as applicable.)
  • Trust Motions and Responses to Motions - $75.00
  • Trust Accounts (Annual or Partial) - $55.00
  • Deposit of Wills (Safekeeping) - $27.00
  • Certified Sale Papers - $42.00 (Note: $42 includes Will, Order, and Letters. Additional documents are $14 per document.)
  • Certified Sale Papers for Successor - $56.00 (Note: $56 includes Will, Order, Successor Order, and Successor Letters. Additional documents are $14 per document.)
  • Subpoena - $16.00
  • Copy of Filed Court Document – Certified - $14.00
  • Copy of Filed Court Document - Exemplified or Authenticated - $14.00
  • Copy of Filed Court Document – Uncertified - $8.00
  • Copy of Unfiled Document - $8.00
  • MNCIS Register of Actions - $8.00
  • Lis Pendens Certificate - $16.00
  • Records Check - Certified, if record exists (per name or variation thereof) (customer gets a printout of all cases) - $14.00
  • Records Check - Certified, if no record is found (per name or variation thereof) (customer gets a Clerk's Certificate certifying no record found after due and diligent search) - $14.00
  • NSF Checks (non-sufficient funds) - $30.00
See Miscellaneous Fees above for more details on fees for documents, forms, etc.

Note: Some fees decreased per Minn. Stat. 357.021s2 on July 1, 2018 (see public notice).

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MN Court Forms Catalog »

Browse the catalog to find forms that can be can be used in any Minnesota county district court. Also see the Appendix of Forms in the Minnesota Rules of Court.

Hennepin County Court Forms

The forms listed below are for use only in the Hennepin County District Court. To use these forms in another court, you must contact that specific county Court Administration and confirm that they will accept the form.

Civil
Conciliation
Criminal
Family
General
Housing
Judgments
Juvenile
Probate
Traffic
Other Legal Forms
 

Civil Forms

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Conciliation Court Forms

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Criminal Court Forms

Family Court Forms

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General Forms

Housing Court Forms

Judgments Court Forms


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Juvenile Court Forms

Probate Court Forms

Formal Probate Forms Informal Probate Forms Note: A Power of Attorney form is not a court form, but it is a legal form that may be helpful in taking care of important financial and property matters for an incapacitated adult.
 

Traffic Court Forms


Other Legal Forms

If you cannot find a form on this website or at the courthouse, visit your local law library, a legal forms publisher, or talk to a lawyer. Some county-specific court forms might only be available at your local courthouse.

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Hennepin County District Court Judges are assigned to Judicial Teams (or "buddy judges") for each court Division. Judges on a team may handle another team member's case in an emergency. See Policy D.18 - Buddy Judges and Intra-Division Assignments.

Chief Judge: Barnette, Toddrick S.
Assistant Chief Judge: Meyer, Kerry W.

Signing Judges

 A signing judge is available for most case types Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. To meet with a signing judge for Family Court cases, go to Family Court Signing Judge Hours.

A View of the Bench »
  Photo collage of Hennepin County judges

Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Closed holidays
 

Directory:

ADA Accommodation Request (612) 348-5181
Child Support Hearings (612) 348-6734
Citations (612) 348-2040 - or Email
Civil Court (612) 348-3164 - or Email
Civil Court Fax (612) 348-2131
Conciliation Court (612) 348-6000
Court Information Line (612) 348-6000
Linea de Informacion (Español) (612) 596-9275
Court Records Center (612) 348-3170
Court Reporter Unit (612) 596-2870
Criminal Court (612) 348-2040 - or Email
Criminal Court Records (612) 348-2040
District Administration (612) 596-9600 - or Email
District Administration Fax (612) 348-2510
Domestic Abuse Service Center (612) 348-5073
Drug Court (612) 348-2040
Education & Outreach - Email
eFile & eServe Help (855) 291-8246
Evictions (612) 348-5186
Expungements - Criminal Court (612) 348-2040
Expungements - Housing Court (612) 348-5186
Family Court (612) 348-6734
Family Court Fax (612) 596-9309
Family Court Records (612) 596-1089
Family Court Self Help Center (612) 596-8519
Fines (612) 348-2040 - or Email
Guardian ad Litem Program (Family Court) (612) 596-7540
Guardian ad Litem Program (Juvenile Court) (612) 348-6824
Guardianship / Conservatorship (Probate Court) (612) 348-3244 - or Email
Harassment Restraining Orders (612) 348-3164
Hearing Office (Citations/Tickets) (612) 348-2040
Housing Court (612) 348-5186
Human Resources (612) 348-2298
Implied Consent Cases (Civil) (612) 348-3164
Judges & Referees Directory
Judgments (Civil Court) (612) 348-3169
Judgments (Conciliation Court) (612) 348-2713
Jury Office (612) 348-3158
Juvenile Court (612) 348-4822
Juvenile Court (Español) (612) 596-7111 - or Email
Juvenile Court Fax (612) 317-6117
Legislative Relations (612) 348-3327
Marriage Line (weddings) (612) 348-9962
Media & Public Affairs (612) 348-5022
Mental Health Court (612) 348-6868
Mental Health Court Fax (612) 348-2130
Outreach & Education - Email
Probate Court (612) 348-3244 - or Email
Probate Court Fax (612) 348-2130
Probate Court Records (612) 348-8016
Property Court (Criminal) (612) 348-2040
Psychological Services (612) 348-3723
Public Affairs & Media (612) 348-5022
Public Case Records (612) 348-3170
Public Data Request - Email
Public Safety Facility (Criminal Court) (612) 348-2040
Records Center (Main) (612) 348-3170
Research Department (612) 348-6000
Security & Emergency (612) 348-5111
Self Help Center (Main) (612) 348-9399 - or Email
Self Help Center (Family Court) (612) 596-8519 - or Email
Small Claims (Conciliation) Court (612) 348-2713
Tickets & Fines (612) 348-2040 - or Email
Traffic Court (612) 348-2040 - or Email
Transcript Requests (612) 596-2870
Violations Bureau (612) 348-2040 - or Email
Webmaster (Hennepin) - Email
Weddings (Marriage Line) (612) 348-9962

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