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Minnesota Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Additional Resources
    Minnesota Appellate Court Briefs Collection … [Minnesota State Law Library] — Briefs “from cases published in the North Western Reporter, 2d series (excluding attorney discipline cases), beginning with volume 637 (January 2002).”


Minnesota Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Minn. Const.)

  2. Bills

    See also the Minnesota Legislature web site.
  3. Laws of Minnesota (Minn. Laws)
    These are session laws. A topical index for the current session laws is available. For codified laws, see Minnesota Statutes, below.

  4. Minnesota Statutes (Minn. Stat.)
    A topical index is available. See forms for retrieving any section or any entire chapter of the statutes. See also uniform laws and interstate compacts.
  5. Additional Resources
    ¶ Minnesota Statutes — Superseded Versions (1997 to Present)


Minnesota Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Rules of Procedure

    See also recent rules orders.
  2. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules
  3. Additional Resources
    ¶ Minnesota Court of Appeals — Standards of Review
    Rules of Courtroom Decorum


Minnesota Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    1. Minnesota [Administrative] Rules (Minn. R.)
    2. Minnesota State Register (Minn. St. Reg.)

  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  3. Administrative Law Judge Reports
  4. Opinions of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board


Minnesota Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • General Code, LLC
  • Municipal Code Corp.
  • Sterling Codifiers
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    Minnesota Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Minnesota law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Bench & Bar of Minnesota (Bench & B. Minn.) … [Minnesota State Bar Ass’n]
    2. Hamline Law Review (Hamline L. Rev.)
    3. Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology (Minn. J. L. Sci. & Tech.) … [Univ. of Minnesota Law Sch.] — Formerly titled Minnesota Intellectual Property Review (until mid-2004).
    4. Minnesota Lawyer (Minn. Law.) … [Minnesota State Bar Ass’n] — On-line version containing some full-text articles and features.
    5. University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy (U. St. Thomas J. L. & Pub. Pol’y)
    6. University of St. Thomas Law Journal (U. St. Thomas L.J.)


    Other Minnesota Commentary


    Minnesota Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Minnesota Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
    2. Addresses • Names • Numbers


    Minnesota Forms

    1. Court Forms
    2. Litigation Forms
    3. Forms of Jury Instructions—Patent Cases … [Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Ass’n] — Jury instructions collected by the Patent Litigation/ADR/CAFC Committee of MIPLA during 1997 and 1998 from jury trials in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (but including some uniform jury instructions from the District of Delaware).
    4. Revenue Department — Forms

    5. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Minnesota Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact and Staff Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    5. Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries
      See also a directory of Minnesota county law libraries and a guide to major law library collections in the Twin Cities.

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Minnesota Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Minnesota law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Minnesota.

    3. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. LawHelpMN.org … “Helping Low-Income Minnesotans Solve Civil Legal Problems”
      2. Minnesota Justice Foundation … This organization obtains “legal aid for thousands of under-represented Minnesotans by coordinating the efforts of volunteer law students and attorneys.”
      3. Minnesota Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      4. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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