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Hennepin County Court Records

Located in Minnesota, Hennepin County maintains court records vital in legal proceedings within the jurisdiction. These records provide comprehensive documentation of all cases handled by the county's judicial system, spanning civil, criminal, family, and probate matters. Hennepin County court records contain various information, including but not limited to case details, pleadings, motions, exhibits, hearings, case transcripts, dockets, court orders, and judgments.

Are Court Records Public in Hennepin County?

Hennepin County court records are public. The Minnesota Data Practices Act provides for the right of the public to access and copy Hennepin County court records. However, certain court records are restricted from public access in Hennepin County. Examples include:

  • Sealed or expunged records.
  • Records containing confidential information, such as social security numbers, financial account numbers, or medical records.
  • Records of sensitive matters, like adoptions, child custody proceedings, or cases involving victims of certain sexual and physical abuse crimes.
  • Records involving juvenile offenders
  • Records of sensitive proceedings, such as grand jury investigations or certain aspects of criminal trials, to maintain the integrity of ongoing investigations or protect the rights of the accused.

Hennepin County Court Records Search

Hennepin County court records are public records in the custody of the Hennepin County District Court. Court records are available online and may be requested in person or by mail. Citizens can use the Minnesota AccessCaseRecords portal to search online for court records. The district courthouse also has public access terminals where interested persons can search for court records.

Alternatively, record seekers can make walk-in requests for court records by completing the Copy Request form and visiting the District Courthouse:

Hennepin County Government Center
Room A260 Skyway Level, Administration (A) Tower
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487

Office hours for in-person submissions are Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

For mail requests, submit the completed form or prepare a written request (including the requester’s name, phone number, address, and email address) with payment ($14 for each certified copy) to:

District Court Records Center
300 South 6th Street, #SK-0260
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0332

Accepted payment methods for mail requests are check or money order payable to the District Court Administrator. Certified copies are sent by mail, while plain copies are emailed if an email address is provided.

Hennepin County Court Records Search by Name

The Minnesota AccessCaseRecords allows for name-based searches. This online portal provides a search option that supports first or last names. Also, the district courthouse has public access terminals where interested persons can search court records by name.

Hennepin County Courts

Hennepin County has a District Court with seven divisions: civil, conciliation, criminal & traffic, family, housing, juvenile, and probate & mental health. Below are their jurisdictional areas:

  • The Civil division hears civil matters, including contracts, personal injury, property claims, name changes, and implied consent.
  • The Conciliation division, also called the small claims division, hears civil cases involving money claims of $15,000 or less.
  • The Criminal division hears criminal cases, including both misdemeanor and felony offenses. This division handles traffic violations and petty misdemeanors to more serious felony charges. It also oversees pretrial matters, arraignments, trials, and sentencing in criminal cases.
  • The Family division deals with matters related to family law, including divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, paternity, adoption, and domestic abuse issues.
  • The Housing division handles cases related to landlord-tenant disputes, housing code violations, and other matters concerning residential housing.
  • The Juvenile Division has jurisdiction over cases involving minors accused of delinquent acts, status offenses, or requiring protection or services.
  • The Probate & Mental Health Division oversees matters related to wills, trusts, estates, guardianships, conservatorships, and mental health commitments. This division handles proceedings to administer the estates of deceased individuals, appoint guardians for incapacitated adults, and address mental health concerns through involuntary commitment proceedings.

Hennepin County District Court Records

Hennepin County District Court handles various cases, including civil, criminal, family, probate, and juvenile matters. These cases encompass various legal issues such as contract disputes, criminal offenses, divorce, and child custody matters, probate administration, and juvenile delinquency.

To access district court records in Hennepin County, individuals can use the Minnesota AccessCaseRecords portal or use public access terminals available at the district courthouse.

District court records requests can be made via mail, drop box, or in-person submission. Applicants should complete the Copy Request form or provide a written request with their contact details. Mail or drop off the request with payment to the address below:

District Court Records Center
300 South 6th Street, #SK-0260
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0332

In-person requests should be submitted to:

Hennepin County Government Center
Room A260 Skyway Level, Administration (A) Tower
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Payment of $14 for each certified copy can be made by check or money order payable to the District Court Administrator. Records will be mailed to the applicant, while plain copies will be emailed if an email address is provided.

Hennepin County Criminal Records

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is the statewide repository for criminal records.

Individuals interested in obtaining their own criminal records from the BCA can do so by submitting a written request. This request should include the requester’s full name, date of birth, and any other names used, including maiden and former married names. The written request must be signed, dated, and notarized. The request, evidence of payment of $8 and a self-addressed stamped envelope should be mailed to:

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
CHA Unit
1430 Maryland Avenue E.
St. Paul, MN 55106

Payment methods accepted include money orders, personal checks, cashier’s checks, and certified or business checks. Mail-in requests take an estimated time of 14 days to process.

Alternatively, a walk-in submission can be made with the written request and the requester’s government-issued photo ID. Requests are processed from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from Monday to Friday.

Requests for another person’s criminal history record can be made online, via mail, or in person. For online requests, individuals should use the Minnesota Public Criminal History Information portal, which provides public access to criminal history information. Provide the name and date of birth of the record subject.

A notarized Informed Consent Form signed by the record subject is required for in-person and mail-in requests. This form should include the record subject's full name and date of birth. The completed form, along with payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope, should be sent to:

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
CHA Unit
1430 Maryland Avenue E.
St. Paul, MN 55106

Each request carries a fee of $15, payable with a money order, personal check, cashier’s check, or business check.

For more information, call (651) 793-2400 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Hennepin County Criminal Court Case Lookup

Interested persons can perform a criminal court case lookup in Hennepin County through the Minnesota AccessCaseRecords. There are also public access terminals at the district courthouse that provide such service.

Hennepin County criminal court case information is available through mail, drop box, and in-person requests. Interested persons should complete the Copy Request form or prepare a written request (with the case information, the applicant’s name, phone number, address, and email address). The completed form or written request should be mailed or dropped off along with payment ($14 for each certified copy) to:

District Court Records Center
300 South 6th Street, #SK-0260
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0332

The request can also be made in person at:

Hennepin County Government Center
Room A260 Skyway Level, Administration (A) Tower
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Get Hennepin County Civil Court Records

Court records are available online and may be requested in person or by mail. To make an online search for court records, use the Minnesota AccessCaseRecords. There are public access terminals at the district courthouse for interested persons to search court records.

Interested persons can also request Hennepin County civil court records by mail, drop box, and in-person requests. Applicants should fill out the Copy Request form or prepare a written request, including the applicant’s name, phone number, address, and email address. The filled-out form with payment ($14 for each certified copy) may be mailed to or dropped off at:

District Court Records Center
300 South 6th Street, #SK-0260
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0332

The in-person submission address is below:

Hennepin County Government Center
Room A260 Skyway Level, Administration (A) Tower
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Payment for mail requests may be by check or money order payable to the District Court Administrator.

Hennepin County Family Court Records

The Family Division of the Hennepin County District Court handles family law cases within the county. Family law cases handled by the court include divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, paternity, adoption, and domestic abuse issues. The records of these family law cases constitute Hennepin County family court records.

Hennepin County family court records can be obtained by mail, drop box, and in-person requests. To make such requests, fill out the Copy Request form or prepare a written request, containing case information, the applicant’s name, phone number, address, and email address. Mail or drop off the filled-out form or written request with payment ($14 for each certified copy) to:

District Court Records Center
300 South 6th Street, #SK-0260
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0332

A walk-in request can be made by visiting the address below:

Hennepin County Government Center
Room A260 Skyway Level, Administration (A) Tower
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Payment for mail requests may be by check or money order payable to the District Court Administrator. Certified copies of the record are mailed to the requester.

Hennepin Dissolution of Marriage Records

County residents can use mail, drop box, or in-person request methods to obtain Hennepin County dissolution of marriage records. Interested parties should complete the Copy Request form or prepare a written request, including their name, phone number, and email address. The completed form, accompanied by payment of $14 for each certified copy, can be mailed or dropped off at:

District Court Records Center
300 South 6th Street, #SK-0260
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0332

For in-person submissions, visit:

Hennepin County Government Center
Room A260 Skyway Level, Administration (A) Tower
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487

Office hours for in-person submissions are Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Accepted payment methods for mail requests are check or money order payable to the District Court Administrator. Certified copies are sent by mail, while plain copies are emailed if an email address is provided.

Hennepin County Marriage and Divorce Records

Hennepin County marriage certificates and divorce records are public records. Any person can request copies of these records. Hennepin County marriage records are kept by the Vital Records Office, while divorce records are in the custody of the Family Division of the District Court.

Interested persons can submit mail, drop-off, or in-person requests to obtain Hennepin marriage certificates from the Vital Records Office. Fill out the Marriage Record Application. Submit filled out and signed application with payment (check or money order) at one of the drop off locations or by mail to:

Vital Records Office
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th St, MC- 026
Minneapolis MN 55487-0026

For in-person requests, schedule an appointment or visit one of the office locations. Hennepin marriage records cost $9 each.

Hennepin County divorce records can be obtained through mail, drop box, and in-person requests. Interested persons should complete the Copy Request form or prepare a written request containing the requester’s name, phone number, address, and email address. The completed form, along with payment ($14 for each certified copy), should be mailed to or dropped off at:

District Court Records Center
300 South 6th Street, #SK-0260
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0332

The address for in-person submissions is below:

Hennepin County Government Center
Room A260 Skyway Level, Administration (A) Tower
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487

The office is open to the public from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. The acceptable payment methods for mail requests are checks or money orders payable to the District Court Administrator. Certified copies of the divorce record are mailed to the requester, while plain copies are emailed if the requester provides an email address.

Hennepin Birth and Death Records

Hennepin County birth records and death records are not considered public records in the county. Birth certificates and death records are available only to the record subject or persons with legal interest, who shall provide additional documentation proving their interest. The Hennepin County Vital Records Office is the recorder and custodian of Hennepin County birth certificates and death records. Interested persons can obtain certified and non-certified copies of birth and death records through walk-in, mail, and drop-off requests. Note: certified copies are used for legal purposes.

Complete the applicable certified birth certificate application (or the non-certified birth certificate application) or certified death certificate application (or the non-certified death certificate application). The application form should be left unsigned. Submit the application to the information below:

Vital Records Office
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th St, MC- 026
Minneapolis MN 55487-0026

The first certified copy of a birth record costs $26 and $13 for death records. Additional certified copies of the same record cost $19 and $6 each for birth and death records, respectively. A non-certified copy costs $13 (birth records) and $13 (death records).

Hennepin County Probate Court Records

Probate court records in Hennepin County pertain to cases related to the administration of estates, guardianships, conservatorships, and mental health commitments. These records document the legal processes involved in managing the affairs of deceased individuals, protecting the interests of minors or incapacitated adults, and addressing mental health concerns.

Hennepin County probate court records are available through mail, drop box, and in-person requests. Applicants should fill out the Copy Request form or prepare a written request, which should include the applicant’s name, phone number, address, and email address. The filled-out form with payment ($14 for each certified copy) may be mailed to or dropped off at:

District Court Records Center
300 South 6th Street, #SK-0260
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0332

The in-person submission address is below:

Hennepin County Government Center
Room A260 Skyway Level, Administration (A) Tower
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Payment for mail requests may be by check or money order payable to the District Court Administrator. Certified copies of the record will be mailed to the applicant, and plain copies will be emailed if the applicant provides an email address.

Hennepin County Property Records

Hennepin County property records include real property legal documents, including mortgages, deeds, liens, assignments, releases, and satisfactions within the county. These records are accessible to the general public. The Hennepin County Recorder - Registrar of Titles maintains property records in Hennepin County and provides interested members of the public access to these records. Interested persons may request copies of Hennepin property records by visiting or contacting the Recorder’s Office at:

Hennepin County Recorder - Registrar of Titles
300 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487
(612) 348-5139
recordeasehelp@hennepin.us

The Recorder also provides online access to Hennepin County property records through the Property Information Search portal. Requesters can conduct searches using the property address, property ID number (PID), or additional name. This search resource has search tips to assist users with searching it effectively. There is also an interactive property map that provides recording history for the past five years.

The RecordEASE portal also provides requesters access to property records by the grantor/grantee names, document types, legal descriptions, and date range. This portal offers images of recorded documents and plats, historic tract books, and canceled pre-electronic certificates of title. Property owners can get a free e-copy of their Certificate of Title or deed by sending an email to recordsrequest@hennepin.us. Mail requests for Hennepin property records should be forwarded to:

County Recorder/Registrar of Titles
Attn: Document copies and research
A-500 Government Center
300 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0055

When requesting Hennepin County court records, specify the information required, such as the document number, type of document (e.g., mortgage, deed), or certificate number. Certified copies of documents or certificates of title incur a fee of $10, while non-certified copies cost $1. For plats, certified copies are priced at $15 and non-certified copies at $10. Payments should be made via checks payable to the Hennepin County Recorder.

Hennepin County Court Records Online

Interested persons can perform a criminal court case lookup in Hennepin County through the Minnesota AccessCaseRecords. Third-party online resources like courtrecords.us may also provide access to Hennepin County court records. Such platforms often offer search tools and filters to streamline the retrieval of specific records, saving users time. However, limitations may include incomplete or outdated information, reliance on user-generated content, and potential fees for accessing certain records or advanced features. Additionally, users should exercise caution and verify information obtained from third-party sources to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Hennepin County Courts

Below are the locations and contact information of the various divisions of the Hennepin County District Court:

District Court in Hennepin County
Hennepin County District Court - Civil Court
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th Street, Room C-332
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Phone: (612) 348-3164
Fax: (612) 348-2131

Hennepin County District Court - Conciliation Court
Minneapolis City Hall
350 South 5th Street, Room 306
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 348-2713

Hennepin County District Court - Criminal Division 1 GC
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th Street, Room C-11
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Phone: (612) 348-2040

Hennepin County District Court - Criminal Division 1 PSF
Hennepin County Public Safety Facility
401 4th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 348-2040

Hennepin County District Court - Criminal Division 2 Brookdale
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Phone: (612) 348-2040

Hennepin County District Court - Criminal Division 3 Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Phone: (612) 348-2040

Hennepin County District Court - Criminal Division 4 Southdale
7009 York Avenue South
Edina, MN 55435
Phone: (612) 348-2040

Hennepin County District Court - Family Court
Family Justice Center
110 South 4th Street, Room 600
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 348-6734
Fax: (612) 596-9309

Hennepin County District Court - Housing Court
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th Street, Room C-300
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Phone: (612) 348-5186

Hennepin County District Court - Juvenile Court
Juvenile Justice Center
590 Park Avenue, Room 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 348-4822
Fax: (348) 317-6117

Hennepin County District Court - Probate / Mental Health Court
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th Street, Room C-400
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Phone: (612) 348-3244 (Probate)
Fax: (612) 348-2130 (Probate)
Phone: (612) 348-6868 (Mental Health)
Fax: (612) 348-2130 (Mental Health)

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