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An application form must be obtained from Court Administration, which must be truthfully completed and verified. If the court determines you do not make enough money to hire counsel, an attorney most often called a "Public Defender" will be appointed. Please visit the State Court Website for more information.
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Conciliation Court was created to allow citizens to bring their legal claims before the court without expensive costs, attorney's fees, or complicated legal procedures. For more information, please visit the State Court Website.
Conciliation Court can settle claims that are below the limit set by law. For additional information, visit Minnesota's State Court Website.
A Guardian Ad Litem provides advocacy for children by gathering information to make recommendations in court regarding their best interest. Please visit the State Court Website for more information.
You must file for a change of name in the county where you live and you must have lived in the State of Minnesota for at least 6 months. More information is available on the State Court Website.
A Harassment Restraining Order is a court order forbidding someone from harassing and / or making contact with another or any minor children in the home. Visit the State Court Website for more information.
You can pay your fine by mail, over the telephone, online, or in person. Visit the State Court Website for more information.
The maximum fine for a Petty Misdemeanor is $300. A Petty Misdemeanor is not a crime and therefore carries no jail time. You may be represented by an attorney hired at your own expense. If you wish to plead not guilty, you are entitled to a court trial. A court trial is a trial by a judge without a jury. Please visit the State Court Website for more information.
The maximum penalty is $1,000 and / or 90 days in jail. A Misdemeanor is a crime and consequently a more serious offense. If you cannot afford an attorney to represent you, you may apply for the services of a Public Defender. More information regarding Misdemeanors is available on the State Court Website. If you wish to plead not guilty, you are entitled to a jury trial. A jury trial would consist of 6 persons and all 6 persons would have to agree that you are guilty before you could be convicted and sentenced.
You must appear in court if:
If you are unsure whether or not you must appear in court, call them at 651-213-7010.
Online court forms may be found on Minnesota's State Court Website.
Visit the State Court Website for our Schedule of Fees.
The Chisago County District Judges are: