Effective July 1, 2015, eFiling is mandatory
for attorneys, government agencies, and guardians ad litem
who file documents in the Hennepin County District Court. This requirement is part of recent amendments to the Minnesota General Rules of Practice
, enacted by a MN Supreme Court order issued on April 23, 2015.
File Paper Documents
Unless you are required to e-file, you may file completed court forms and other documents by sending them to the Hennepin Court Division
where the case is handled. Generally, you may file by mail, in person, or by fax. Filing fees
apply unless you qualify for a fee waiver
due to low income.
You may file documents yourself or have someone else do it for you. Filing in court is a different from "serving" documents on other parties.
There are short deadlines
in handling a legal matter in court, including when documents can be filed. Act promptly. If you miss a deadline, you may not be able to file later.
- if you are filing court forms, make sure you have completed all of the required blanks
- make sure the correct court file number (if assigned) is on your documents
- make sure all documents are signed and notarized (if required)
- file only original documents with the court (keep copies for yourself)
- if you file by mail, make sure you include enough postage
- you must include the payment for all required filing fees (check made to: District Court Administrator), unless you get an Order waiving the fees signed by a judge
Filing a Motion in Family Court
If you want to file a motion in the Hennepin County Family Court
and you are not represented
by an attorney, then your motion must be screened
by staff at the Family Court Self-Help Center before a hearing date will be set. (Except:
Screening is not required for "ex pro" child support motions
when the Hennepin County Child Support Office
is involved in the case.) For more details, please read the Mandatory Motion Screening
information on the Self Help Center tab
on the Hennepin County District Court webpage.
Notify the Court of Changes to Your Address or Contact Information
You must always notify the court of any change in your contact information, including your name, address or phone number. lf the contact information is out of date, you may not receive important notices from the court or other parties in the case.
Wills Deposited in Court for Safekeeping
Minnesota law allows people to deposit a will with the court for safekeeping. This is similar to storing the will in a safe deposit box at a bank. Learn more about the process for Wills
on the Probate Court page.