Courts in Minnesota
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Minnesota's State Court system is very simple – it consists of District Courts, a Court of Appeals, and the Minnesota Supreme Court. Minnesota's District Courts are trial courts that hear juvenile, criminal, domestic relations, traffic, and ordinance violation cases, as well as other types of general civil cases. If you're appealing a District Court decision in Minnesota, you would file this in the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals handles all District Court appeals as well as appeals of administrative agency decisions, such as workers' compensation appeals. The Minnesota Supreme Court is the state's 'court of last resort' and hears appeals filed following Appeals Court decisions.

Information regarding Minnesota court records for specific cases can be accessed through the Minnesota Judicial Branch's website at Here you can search by party, case number, or attorney, and can view information including case calendars, party information, and the results of any closed case. Minnesota's District courts also offer electronic terminals at their courthouses where you can view case information. Paper copies of court documents can also be obtained at service desks here.
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22, Oct 2014 - Faribault, MN Minnesota man convicted of going online and assisting suicide gets jail time, says he's sorry
A former nurse in Minnesota who admitted going online and encouraging two people to kill themselves is headed to jail.
22, Oct 2014 - Faribault, MN Nurse guilty of assisting suicides gets jail time
FARIBAULT — A former nurse in Minnesota who admitted to going online years ago and preying upon suicidal people — encouraging two to take their lives — must serve 178 days in jail as part of a sentenc
22, Oct 2014 - Faribault, MN US man guilty of attempting to assist Canadian's suicide to be sentenced
FARIBAULT, Minn. -- A former Minnesota nurse who admitted going online and encouraging an English man and a Canadian woman to kill themselves is headed to jail. William Melchert-Dinkel was ordered Wednesday to serve 178 days in jail. He was sentenced to three years in prison, but he won't have to serve the prison term if he complies with conditions of probation that include the jail time. The 52 ...
22, Oct 2014 - Faribault, MN Ex-U.S. nurse to be sentenced for trying to help Brampton teen take her own life
FARIBAULT, MINN.—A former Minnesota nurse who has admitted to going online and encouraging people to kill themselves is scheduled to be sentenced today in a case involving the suicides of a Brampton teenager and an English man. More on the Mother of Brampton teen ‘relieved’ Conviction reversed for former U.S. nurse William Melchert-Dinkel is being sentenced on one count of assisting ...
22, Oct 2014 - Faribault, MN Ex-nurse who admitted encouraging Canadian's suicide headed to jail
A former Minnesota nurse who admitted going online and encouraging an English man and a Canadian woman to kill themselves is headed to jail.
22, Oct 2014 - NFL’s Adrian Peterson Asks to Keep Judge to Avoid Trial Delay
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is trying to keep his child-abuse trial from being reassigned to another judge to boost odds his case will be heard by a Texas jury before the end of the pro-football season.
22, Oct 2014 - Faribault, MN US man jailed for attempting to assist Canadian’s suicide
A former Minnesota nurse who admitted going online and encouraging an English man and a Canadian woman to kill themselves is headed to jail.
21, Oct 2014 - Renville, MN From Leavenworth Penitentiary to the halls of Congress: Francis H. Shoemaker's fiery political
Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society Francis H. Shoemaker, 1934 Francis H. Shoemaker’s 1931–1932 journey from a Leavenworth prison cell to a seat in the U.S. Congress ranks among Minnesota’s most bizarre political odysseys. But little about Shoemaker surprised those following the meteoric career of the radical newspaper editor from Red Wing. Francis Shoemaker was born in Renville County ...
21, Oct 2014 - Total Wine & More Pleased With ALJ Decision Supporting Bloomington License
BLOOMINGTON, Minn., Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Total Wine & More, with two stores open in Minnesota and a third opening soon, is very pleased with the positive ruling by the State of Minnesota Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), who concluded that Total Wine & More met the legal requirements to be granted a license to open a store in Bloomington, MN.  It is anticipated the ALJ recommendation will ...
21, Oct 2014 - Faribault, MN Ex-nurse guilty of assisting suicide gets jail
FARIBAULT, Minnesota (AP) — A former nurse in Minnesota who admitted to going online years ago and preying upon suicidal people — encouraging two to take their lives — must serve 178 days in jail as part of a sentence handed down Wednesday.
21, Oct 2014 - Hearing to determine judge in Peterson case now set for Oct. 22
A motion filed by prosecutors last week to rearrest Peterson and change his bond because Peterson allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana to an official conducting his urinalysis last week cannot be resolved until the courts decide which judge will preside over the child abuse trial, prosecutors said. Peterson, a running back for the Minnesota Vikings, is charged with negligent injury to a child ...
21, Oct 2014 - Maple Grove, MN Judge rejects Minnesota's plan for disability reforms
A federal judge has rejected a state plan designed to reduce the segregation of people with disabilities, saying the plan was too vague and lacked measurable goals.
21, Oct 2014 - Nevins vs
SUMMONS AND NOTICE TO TRANSFER PERMANENT LEGAL AND PHYSICAL CUSTODY State of Minnesota Anoka County District Court Judicial District: Tenth Court File Number: 02-JV-14-1290 Case Type: Juvenile County Attorney Number: JW-2013-00063 In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child(ren) of: Tara Lynn Nevins, Steven Lee Nevins and Travis Robert Taylor NOTICE TO: Tara Lvnn [...]
21, Oct 2014 - Grant, MN Adrian Peterson to plead not guilty to child abuse charge: lawyer
HOUSTON — A spokeswoman for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's attorney said Tuesday the NFL player plans to plead not guilty to a child abuse charge during his first court appearance in Texas since his indictment last month. Peterson was scheduled to be in court Wednesday in Conroe, located ...
21, Oct 2014 - Top U.S. court to rule on gay marriage
The one-sentence order from the U.S. Supreme Court was brief but emphatic. The year was 1972 and the justices were asked to decide something extraordinary in that era: whether an openly gay couple from Minnesota had a "fundamental right" under the Constitution to legally wed.
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