Working under the direction of the Judicial Council, the State Court Administrator's Office
(SCAO) provides leadership and direction for the effective operations of the Minnesota Judicial Branch, as well as central administrative infrastructure services.
The State Court Administrator’s Office is organized into an Executive Office and six divisions:
provides leadership and technical assistance, and education and training to court staff, judges, and justice partners on a wide variety of topics, including: court administrative procedure, the Court Interpreter Program, expedited child support, the Children’s Justice Initiative, treatment courts, psychological services, jury management, self-represented litigant services, the Minnesota Court Payment Center, and research and evaluation.
provides technical services including: development of applications, procurement and management of purchased software, network services such as e-mail and file sharing, web development and hosting, integrations with the courts’ business partners, and installation and maintenance of personal computers.
manages payroll, contracts, reimbursements, budget requests, receipts, and grants, and provides financial training and guidance to Judicial Branch leadership and staff.
Human Resources and Development
provides HR services and oversees all education and development efforts for judges, management, and employees.
provides research, legal advice, and training for judges, court managers, and court staff.
The Court Information Office
is the communications, public affairs, and media relations division of the Minnesota Judicial Branch.
Through the work of these divisions, the State Court Administrator plans for statewide Judicial Branch needs, develops and promotes statewide administrative practices and procedures, oversees the operation of statewide court programs and strategic initiatives, and serves as a liaison with other branches of government.