Minnesota Court Records

What is Included in Minnesota Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

Minnesota Court Records Lookup

Public records are those documents created by a public entity that is available to anyone who makes a request. Minnesota MN Court records are public documents in Minnesota and all other states. They include Minnesota criminal records, civil court cases, traffic court cases and more. They can be accessed by performing Minnesota court records search.

Limited jurisdiction courts

The state has instituted a number of diversion courts to keep nonviolent offenders out of the mainstream legal system, including drug courts, truancy courts, veterans courts, mental health courts, teen courts, and domestic violence courts.

The state’s executive branch administers two limited jurisdiction courts, one for tax disputes and one for appeals of state workers compensation board decisions.

District courts

Minnesota’s district courts are the general trial courts with broad jursidiction over civil cases, including Minnesota child support and custody, and criminal issues. One court is located in each of the state’s 89 counties. Records created in these Minnesota courthouses include child custody orders, financial judgements, evictions, probated wills, probation orders, and more. 

In a recent year, the total number of cases filed in state district courts was more than 1.25 million, including 948,000 minor criminal cases, almost 40,000 family cases, nearly 35,000 juvenile cases, and more than 68,000 major criminal cases (felonies), which can be accessed via Minnesota court case lookup.

Courts of appeals

Minnesota has both an interim court of appeals and a supreme court, both of which hear disputed decisions from lower courts and state agencies.

Federal courts

Each state has at least one U.S. District Court, a federal court with jurisdiction over bankruptcy declarations, violations of federal laws, and lawsuits that involve multiple states. By conducting Minnesota court record lookup anyone can access Minnesota court records online.

Minnesota Notable Court Cases

A woman who lost her job at a bank was able to qualify for unemployment – but only after taking the case to the state's intermediate court of appeals. The mother of two told her boss that she needed some time off to address her child's health condition, then lost her housing, requiring more time off. The bank claimed she quit the job and the state unemployment commission denied her unemployment insurance claim. A district court judge sided with the bank, but the court of appeals said the woman never intended to leave the job and had asked for time to rectify her household situation.

A school cafeteria worker who was charged under the state's anti-sexting law saw the case go to the state Supreme Court, and she won. The father of a high school boy found nude photos of the woman on his son's computer and sought to have her punished for soliciting sex under a 2014 state law that forbids electronic communication with a minor with intent to engage in sexual contact. Both a trial court and the state appeals court sided with the woman, saying that the law was too broad and abridges First Amendment rights to freedom of expression.


Minnesota Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 161,484
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 2,925
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 94%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 42,655

Civil Caseloads for Minnesota, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 330,302 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 2,925 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 94% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload

The caseload for small claims has decreased since 2012, going from 45,531 cases a year to 42,655 of 2016. The maximum limit of small claim charges has stayed the same at $15,000 in 2016 compared to the $15,000 that was registered 5 years ago.

Accordingly the small claims rate has decreased- 773 cases per 100 000 population compared to the 846 of 2012. The total percentage of civil caseloads accounts 12.6% for the state of Minnesota for 2016.

Criminal Caseloads by Type

Criminal Caseloads for Minnesota sum in 183,129 cases at the year end of 2016 which has a share of 77% of misdemeanor and 23% of felony charges. Total criminal cases have increased in Minnesota compared to the criminal caseload of 2012 - 165,669 cases. Felonies and misdemeanors have changed since 2012 by -15% and +4% accordingly.

The Proportion of Felony and Misdemeanor Caseloads

Criminal Incoming Court Cases by type 2012-2016

Criminal Caseloads Timeline

Domestic Relations Caseloads & Clearance Rates

The state’s domestic relations caseload has counted 49,714 cases which is 901 court cases per 100.000 population. It has decreased since 2012, the difference in caseloads is 12,975 for the last 5 years, being 62,689 in 2012.

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King DayMonday, January 15, 2018
Presidents DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Columbus Day (Courts are open, but no federal mail delivery)Monday, October 8, 2018
Veterans Day (Observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Day after Thanksgiving (Court not open)Friday, November 23, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

Supreme Court Caseloads & Clearance Rates

Court of Appeals Caseloads