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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26, Nov 2014 - Winona, MN Justices question 30% rule, case
At a Minnesota Supreme Court hearing in St. Paul last Thursday, attorneys for Winona homeowners and the city of Winona had their last chance to make the case for and against the legality of Winona's 30 percent rental rule under state law and the Minnesota Constitution.
26, Nov 2014 - Two Minneapolis men charged with conspiring to support Islamic State
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged two Minnesota men with supporting Islamic State, the militant group that has captured swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq and carried out gruesome executions of civilians and foreigners. The U.S. Attorney's office in Minneapolis alleged in a criminal complaint that Abdi Nur, 20, and Abdullahi Yusuf, 18, had engaged ...
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Nov. 4 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Tuesday: - - - - The duty editor is Steve Ginsburg, 202-898-8427 - - - - JURISPRUDENCE Vikings' Peterson heads to court amid reports of plea deal AUSTIN, Texas - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson appears in a Texas court to face a felony child abuse charge, amid reports that he has reached a plea deal that would allow him ...
26, Nov 2014 - Just like dear old dad: Prison for serial bank robber who struck in Minnesota
Man, whose father also did time for robberies, held up four banks, two of them in Minnesota.
26, Nov 2014 - Request denied to remove judge on Peterson case
CONROE, Texas (AP) — A prosecution request to remove the judge handling the felony child abuse case against Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson was denied on Wednesday.
26, Nov 2014 - Roseau, MN $1 million bail set for accused Minnesota priest who fled to India
Bail of $1 million was set Wednesday for a Roman Catholic priest who fled to his native India eight years ago to avoid facing felony criminal sexual conduct charges stemming from incidents involving teenage girls between 2004 and 2005 in northwestern Minnesota.
26, Nov 2014 - Hastings, MN Suspect fires lawyers before jury selection for Nina's Grill murder
It was a case that shocked the metro last year -- a 20-year-old University of Minnesota student vanished from a Burnsville bar and was found dead nearly a week later. Now, the man suspected of killing her is heading to trial.
26, Nov 2014 - Byron, MN Lillehaug and Wright retain seats on Minnesota Supreme Court
The Dayton appointees faced voters for first time.
26, Nov 2014 - Roseau, MN Priest accused of assaulting teen girl is extradited from India to Minnesota to face charges
This image taken from television shows the Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul speaking to a journalist in Ootacamund in southern India, Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Jeyapaul, charged with sexually assaulting a teenage parishioner in Minnesota, said Tuesday he would willingly leave his native India and try to clear his name in the courts if the United States tried to extradite him.
25, Nov 2014 - Hennepin, MN Drunken driver who killed Brooklyn Center teen pleads guilty
A drunken driver who killed a Brooklyn Center teen pleaded guilty Monday to criminal vehicular homicide. Michael Vanwagner, 24, of Coon Rapids, could receive the maximum 10 years in prison allowed under Minnesota sentencing guidelines because of aggravating circumstances.
25, Nov 2014 - Steele, MN Peterson pleads no contest, avoids jail time
Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson avoided jail time Tuesday in a plea agreement reached with prosecutors to resolve his child abuse case.
25, Nov 2014 - St. Paul man accused in 1997 Iowa murder has died
John Bloomfield, charged last year in the 1997 murder of his wife in Iowa City, died last week in Minnesota, according to his lawyer.
25, Nov 2014 - Minnesota court vacates neighbor harassment plea
Lori Christensen pleaded guilty in July 2013 to violating a restraining order. She later changed her mind and requested to withdraw the plea.
25, Nov 2014 - Apple Valley, MN 10 days in jail for Dakota County man who killed while again driving without a license
A 33-year-old man who has been cited repeatedly for driving without a license — and has never had one in Minnesota — was given a 10-day jail sentence for being behind the wheel when he crashed a van in Apple Valley and killed his front-seat passenger.
25, Nov 2014 - Robert Small to retire as Hennepin County judge, then head county-attorney group
Robert Small Hennepin County Judge Robert Small, who will retire from the bench at the end of the year, has been hired as the new executive director of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association . The association provides training and organization services to county attorneys around the state; Small will succeed John Kingrey, who is retiring after 14 years as head of the group. Small was first ...
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