In Minnesota, there are trial courts, appellate courts, and other courts outside of the Judicial Branch.
District Courts are trial courts that handle all civil and criminal cases. They have inherited the caseload of former Municipal, County, Probate, and Justice of the Peace courts, which no longer exist in Minnesota.
The appellate courts consist of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Other courts outside of the Judicial Branch include: the Minnesota Tax Court; the Workers Compensation Court of Appeals; and the Minnesota Tribal Courts, for Native American disputes.
Minnesota provides one of the best resources for online free court searches of any state. Use the Featured resources below to access the Minnesota Trial Court Public Access System for civil, family, probate, and criminal cases; federal civil, criminal, and bankruptcy records; Supreme & Appellate Court opinions; Tax Court opinions; and Workers Compensation Appeals; and more.
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|Court Records | Civil, Criminal, Family, Probate Statewide |
Minnesota Trial Court Public Access civil, family, probate, gross misdemeanor, criminal felony, traffic, and petty misdemeanor criminal case records, judgments, and court calendars.
|Bankruptcies, Judgments, Tax Liens Pay Site|
Save time and find more information. Minnesota statewide or U.S. Nationwide tax liens, bankruptcies, and judgments for $5.00 per search. Immediate results.
|Court Opinions | Supreme and Appellate |
Minnesota Court of Appeals Opinions by release date, docket number, or by case name.
|Court Records | PACER U.S. District Bankruptcy Court Pay Site|
Search for United States District Court of Minnesota PACER Federal bankruptcy court records. Provides dockets and documents. Registration and a small fee per search is required.
|Court Records | PACER U.S. District Court Pay Site|
Search for United States District Court of Minnesota PACER Federal civil & criminal court records by case number, party name, filing date, or last update.
|Court Records | Tax Court Decisions |
Index of Minnesota Tax Court Decisions.
|Workers Compensation Appeals Decisions |
Use this Minnesota Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) service to search for decisions by keyword and/or year.
Do a comprehensive background search of over 500 million court, inmate, corrections, offender, and fugitive records.