Second Judicial District Holds Warrant Resolution Day
The Second Judicial District held a “Warrant Resolution Day” on May 18, 2018, at the High School of Recording Arts. The goal of the event was to clear active misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor warrants from Ramsey County.
Those participating as partners in the event included the Second District bench and District Administration, the Ramsey County Manager’s Office, the Ramsey County Sheriff, the Ramsey County Attorney, the St. Paul City Attorney, suburban prosecutors, public defenders, Community Corrections, Project Remand, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
There were 245 defendants served at the event, with 575 cases heard, 164 warrants recalled, 388 drivers’ licenses reinstated, and 23 cases resolved that had a prior failure to appear without a drivers’ license suspension or related warrant.
Family Court Self-Help Service Center Expands Services to Maplewood Courthouse
As part of promoting access to justice as part of the Judicial Branch Strategic Plan, the Second Judicial District Family Court Self-Help Service Center expanded services to the Maplewood Courthouse in September 2018.
A Self-Help Center staff member is now onsite in Maplewood every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to assist self-represented litigants with family court matters, including marital dissolution, child support, custody, and parenting time.
The Self-Help Center staff provide the same services in Maplewood as they do at the Self-Help Service Center’s primary location at the Juvenile and Family Justice Center in downtown St. Paul. Self-represented litigants can obtain court forms, have their pleadings reviewed prior to filing, obtain a hearing date, pay filing fees, file documents, and receive legal information, such as explanations of relevant rules, laws, and court procedures.
The Self-Help Service Center is located in the northwest corner of the Maplewood Courthouse, next to Courtroom A.
One-Stop Shop Established
A “One-Stop Shop” at the Ramsey County Courthouse in downtown St. Paul was established in 2018, consolidating the customer service counters throughout the Courthouse to a convenient location on the first floor and in the basement.
The One-Stop Shop accepts filings, consolidates intake, and provides access to records for all case types.
The Second District management team spent a year focusing on ways to maximize efficiencies within the District without sacrificing customer service. It identified an opportunity to create the One-Stop Shop to greatly improve interaction with court customers and provide them with a better experience, while at the same time preparing the District for innovations to meet the demands of the future.
Housing Court Clinic Launched
On July 24th, 2018, the Second District launched a Housing Court Clinic to assist tenants and landlords with eviction and other housing-related matters. Volunteer attorneys and mediators, alongside staff from Ramsey County Emergency Assistance, are now available to confer with parties prior to their cases being heard by a Ramsey County housing referee.
The Clinic’s goal is to address some of the underlying issues that lead to homelessness in Ramsey County. It was made possible through a grant by the McKnight Foundation and in coordination with the Family Housing Fund, the National Center for State Courts, the Ramsey County Office of Emergency Assistance, the Dispute Resolution Center, the Volunteer Lawyer’s Network, and Southern Metro Legal Regional Services.