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Minnesota Judicial Branch Website a success

Posted in Criminal Courts April 7th, 2009 @ 10:54 am

The Minnesota Judicial Branch announced that more than 1.2 million case searches were conducted during the first year’s district court records accessible over the Internet. This site’s search engine, Minnesota Public Access Remote (MPA) is one of the benefits from the new statewide court records database from the Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS). The database took five years to complete and cost $30 million. It combines 10 databases from around the state and includes case records dating back to the 1970s.

You can look-up district court case records online and offers criminal case searches by case number, defendant name or attorney name. Name searches are limited to cases where at least one charge has resulted in a conviction. If you need more information, you can obtain it at the public service computers located in each courthouse.

This service also gives users the ability to search court calendars by party, business name, case number, judicial officer, or attorney name. Even Supreme Court and Court of Appeals court records and opinions are available on the Minnesota Judicial Branch Website.

However, court officials say that this database cannot provide information for case look-up service for criminal background checks. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension offers a criminal background check service that links prior criminal history through fingerprints to verify identification of the individual.

The Minnesota Judicial Branch is interactive because the court system staff has access in eliminating duplicate records and mistaken entries within the MPA system. If you find an error in a court record, you can notify the district court in the county that created the record so the record can be corrected. You won’t be able to modify the case records, only court administrators can authorize changes. You can view the information at the Minnesota Judicial Branch website.

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