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This page lists online resources for the Cottonwood County District Court, online resources applicable to courts generally in Cottonwood County, Minnesota, as well as resources applicable to all courts in Minnesota.


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Minnesota Criminal Case Records
Search Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Computerized Criminal History system for criminal case information, including offense, conviction, and sentencing by name and date of birth.
Minnesota Court Records
Search Minnesota criminal, traffic, civil, family, and probate case records and judgments by county, court calendar, case number, name, citation number, attorney, or date. Online public access to case records is unavailable every Sunday from 11 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m. for regular system maintenance.

Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases

Minnesota District Court Calendars
Search Minnesota District Court calendars by county, attorney, case number, judicial officer, party or defendant name, date range, and case category.

Published opinions and orders

5th Judicial District Administrative Orders
View and download administrative orders for District Courts in Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, and Watonwan Counties.
Attorney General Legal Opinions
View Minnesota Attorney General opinions from 1993 to present. Search opinions by date, subject or entity requesting an opinion.

Self help, legal research, general information

5th Judicial District Parents Forever Class
View information on Parents Forever classes on the impacts of divorce in Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, and Watonwan Counties.
5th Judicial District Family Court Information
View information about Family Court Early Case Management, Early Neutral Evaluation, mediation, Custody Evaluation, and Parenting Time Expeditor, all of which help parties resolve disputes without going to court in Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, and Watonwan Counties.
Minnesota Legal Information and Self Help Resources
Find Minnesota legal information including family law, conciliation (small claims) court, landlord-tenant, probate, representing yourself in court, and more. Links to video tutorials, local advice clinics, and additional self-help and legal research resources are included.
Legal Information and Legal Resources
View Minnesota legal information in a variety of languages, including English and Spanish. Legal topics include family law, housing, consumer and debt, employment, disability, senior issues, immigration, taxes, benefits, juvenile, health care, individual rights, education, farm, veterans, and more. A How-To video, do-it-yourself forms, and links to legal assistance are included.
Minnesota State Law Library
View information about the Minnesota State Law Library, including location, hours, description of available materials and services, an online catalog, and an ask-a-librarian service. Additional information includes links to online legal research and self-help resources, legal topics, forms, law for non-lawyers, lawyer referral, the court system, and more.
Minnesota Court Rules
View Minnesota Court Rules, including recent amendments.
Definitions of Common Legal Terms
Several glossaries of commonly used legal terms are available in several languages.
Minnesota Child Support Services
The Minnesota Department of Human Services offers information and services related to child support, including child support guidelines, child support enforcement, and general information.
Minnesota Motor Vehicle Information
View Minnesota Department of Public Safety information about motor vehicle laws and driver's licenses.
Minnesota Alternative Dispute Resolution
View information about Minnesota alternative dispute resolution, which includes mediation, arbitration, and other processes that can help parties resolve disputes without going to court. Links found on the right side include a searchable roster of neutral evaluators, applications, complaint process information, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Foreclosure Help
View information and resources for preventing foreclosure in Minnesota, including options, counselors, fact sheets, and foreclosure postponement.
Minnesota Laws
Search Minnesota Statutes by section number or keyword, or browse the table of contents by chapter and section.
County Law Libraries
View contact information for all Minnesota county law libraries by clicking the Directory of Minnesota County Law Libraries link in the middle of the page. Links to some county law libary websites are provided.
Problem-Solving Courts
View information about Minnesota problem-solving courts, which can set up treatment programs in lieu of jail for some offenders. Problem-solving courts include Drug Courts, Mental Health Courts, Truancy Courts, Community Courts, and Domestic Violence Courts. A link to each court type provides more information.
Conciliation Court Information
The Minnesota Attorney General's Office offers information about Conciliation Court (small claims court), including monetary limits, claim filing, court procedure, and judgments.
Minnesota Expungement Instructions and Forms
Download instructions and forms for having a Minnesota criminal record expunged.

Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral

Find Legal Assistance
View a list of links to statewide and local lawyer referral services and legal services for low-income clients.
Search Free Legal Assistance
Search a directory of legal services and court-related organizations by zip code or county, legal problem, and other criteria.
Find Free Legal Assistance
View lists of statewide and local free legal services and other court-related services by service area or organization name.
Minnesota Public Defenders
The Minnesota Board of Public Defense provides information about free and low-cost criminal defense representation, how to apply for a public defender, and local district office contact information.
Lawyer Directory
Search the Minnesota Judicial Branch directory of registered attorneys by name or registration ID. A list of all lawyers may be downloaded.
Minnesota Lawyer Conduct, Discipline, and Complaint Information
The Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board offers information about lawyer conduct, including instructions for filing an online complaint against a lawyer, a search of public lawyer discipline decisions, a list of disbarred and suspended lawyers, the Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Board's opinions interpreting those Rules.
Minnesota Consumer Protection
The Minnesota Attorney General's Office provides information about consumer protection in a wide variety of areas including charities, debt and finance, housing and mortgages, internet, seniors, health care, and utilities. Consumer publications, explanations of various types of scams, and instructions and a form to file a consumer complaint are included. Click the topics in the center of the page, the Publications and Consumer A-Z links in the left column, or the Consumer, Charities, and Scams links at the top of the page.

Forms and related information

Minnesota Online Court Forms and Instructions
View and download Minnesota court forms and instructions by category, by associated court rule, or by non-court legal topic. Fill out interactive online divorce, harassment, and conciliation court forms using document assembly tools.
Lawyer Complaint Form
View and download a form to file a complaint against a lawyer.

Online fine payments

Pay Minnesota Court Fines
Pay Minnesota traffic and petty misdemeanor fines online by citation number or case number. All counties except Hennepin and Ramsey are included. A convenience fee applies.

For information on other public records in Cottonwood County, Minnesota see the Cottonwood County, Minnesota Public Records Directory
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