Welcoming Ceremony and Plaque Presentation (Jury Assembly Room, Lower Level)
The welcoming ceremony will be held in the jury assembly room located on the lower level of the Dakota County Judicial Center. The event will feature remarks by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea, Associate Justice Margaret H. Chutich, Chief Judge Messerich, and members of the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. Chief Justice Gildea will present the County with a commemorative plaque recognizing the redesign of the Judicial Center. First Judicial District Assistant Chief Judge David Knutson will close the program with a presentation about the three branches of government.
12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Legal Assistance Available Through Mobile Law Network
Visitors to the Dakota County “Open Courthouse” event in Hastings on September 15 will have the opportunity to receive free, one-on-one legal assistance with health care planning and completion of advance care directives. The legal assistance will be provided through Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s Mobile Law Network.
The program uses a specially designed vehicle—nicknamed “The Wheels of Justice”—to transport law students throughout Minnesota to support a variety of legal services. Students provide information and assistance to those representing themselves and others who need guidance on legal matters. The vehicle is equipped with two private office spaces, allowing students to hold two simultaneous confidential meetings with potential clients.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Self-Guided Tours with Presentations by Local Justice System Partners
The public is invited take self-guided tours of the Dakota County Judicial Center anytime between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Building maps and informational brochures will be available in the jury assembly room on the Lower Level.
Throughout the building, guests will be able to learn about their justice system and county government by meeting with judges, attorneys, law enforcement, county officials, and staff.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Information Fair (Lower and Middle Levels)
Visitors can take a self-guided walk through an information fair designed to showcase the work of many of the justice system partners in the local community, share legal resources available to the public, and highlight new advancements in criminal justice and court technology being implemented across the state. Guests can also meet an officer and dog from the Dakota County Drug Task Force outside the Law Enforcement Center from 1 - 3 p.m.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. AND 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mock Jury Selections (Courtroom 1F, Middle Level)
Members of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) will educate visitors about the right to a jury trial under the 7th Amendment. The presentation by judges and attorneys will include a mock voir dire (the preliminary examination of a juror), mock jury selection, and a short question and answer session.