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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Dakota County District Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Dakota County, Minnesota, and resources applicable to all courts in Minnesota.
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Dakota County Criminal Complaints
Search criminal complaints filed with Dakota County District Court by name and date.
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.
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.
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
Attorney General Legal Opinions
View Minnesota Attorney General opinions from 1993 to present. Search opinions by date, subject or entity requesting an opinion.
Forms and related information
Minnesota Self-Help Divorce and Fee Waiver Forms
View the I-Can online legal application to assist with filling out and filing Minnesota divorce and fee waiver forms.
Minnesota Online Court Forms and Instructions
View and download Minnesota court forms and instructions by category and link to a self-help center for further assistance.
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 are included. A convenience fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Dakota County Child Support
View information about child support services in Dakota County.
Dakota County Law Library
View information about the Dakota County Law Library, including locations, hours, an online catalog, available materials and services, links to additional online research resources, and legal information sessions for the public.
Minnesota Motor Vehicle Information
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety provides information about driver and vehicle services, including licensing, registration, fees, forms, and manuals.
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, and Veteran Treatment Courts. A link to treatment Courts by County is provided.
Conciliation (Small Claims) 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.
View information and resources for preventing foreclosure in Minnesota, including options, counselors, fact sheets, and foreclosure postponement.
Minnesota Expungement Instructions and Forms
View and download instructions and forms to expunge a Minnesota criminal record. A video tutorial, answers to frequently asked questions, and additional tools and resources are also available.
Minnesota Alternative Dispute Resolution
Minnesota Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs, including mediation and arbitration, help parties resolve disputes without going to court. View and download a detailed brochure of ADR services, and link to a searchable roster of neutral evaluators, answers to frequently asked questions, and applications.
Minnesota Court Rules
View Minnesota Court Rules, including recent amendments.
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.
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, juvenile and senior issues, employment, immigration, disability, benefits, health care, education, veterans, domestic violence, criminal expungement, and more. Do-it-yourself forms and links to legal assistance are included.
Search Minnesota Statutes by section number or keyword, or browse the table of contents by chapter and section.
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.
Definitions of Common Legal Terms
Multiple glossaries of commonly used legal terms are available in several languages.
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 sources includes links to online legal research and self-help resources, legal topics, forms, law for non-lawyers, lawyer referral, the court system, and more.
County Law Libraries
Contact information for all Minnesota county law libraries is searchable by pull down menu or alphabetical list in the middle of the page.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Minnesota Consumer Protection
Find information about a variety of consumer protection issues, including charity solicitation, identity theft, scams on seniors, and financial fraud. Search by specific consumer topics, order free legal publications (or download electronic versions), and view downloadable complaint procedures and forms.
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.
Find Free Legal Assistance
View lists of statewide and local free legal services and other court-related services by service area or organization name.
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.
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 location and legal issue.