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Wright County Law Day Open Courthouse Event

The public is invited to celebrate Law Day at the Wright County "Open Courthouse" event on May 10.
Wright County Law Day Information Flyer

On Friday, May 11, the Wright County Courthouse in Buffalo will open its doors to the public as part of a Law Day “Open Courthouse” event. The event is being held to showcase the work of Minnesota’s courts, and educate the public about the work of judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and citizens in administering the state’s justice system. The free, open-to-the public event, will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Complimentary rides are provided by Trailblazer Transit by calling 1-888-743-3828 up to one week in advance to schedule a ride on the bus.

The event will feature legal advice clinics on a variety of topics, presentations by local district court judges and justice system partners, and an information fair.  Please visit the related tabs on this page for more information.

The Open Courthouse event is scheduled to coincide with Law Day, a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day was first established in 1958 through a proclamation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Congress passed a joint resolution designating May 1 as Law Day, U.S.A in 1961. 
The free, open-to-the public event, will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11.

Complimentary rides are provided by Trailblazer Transit by calling 1-888-743-3828 up to one week in advance to schedule a ride.

9:00 am - 9:25 am: Canine Demonstration

Presenter: Dan Cotten
Location: to be determined

9:30 am - 9:55 am: Sexting - Discussion of the Potential Legal Consequences and Impact Personally
Presenter: Karen Evans
Location: Courtroom 2

In the changing world of technology, several unintended consequences have impacted students, schools, and the community. Technological advancements in cell phones have led to the development of new methods of creating and sharing pornography, referred to as Sexting. Often, children and adults are often unaware of the possible consequences. 
10:00 am - 10:25 am: Drug Trends - What We Are Seeing
Presenter: Ryan Ferguson, Wright County Sheriff's Department
Location: Board Room

The presentation reflects the current trends and reality of street level narcotics investigations in Wright County.  The presentation covers a variety of controlled substances and what the Wright County Sheriff’s Office is doing in response.
10:30 am -10:55 am: The Turn - Wright County Adult Drug Court
Presenter: Judge Michele A. Davis and Darnell Brethorst
Location: Courtroom 2
11:00 am - 11:25 am: Wills/Trusts/Estates
Presenter: Jill Presseller
Locatoin: Boardroom
11:30 am - Noon: Canine Demonstration
Presenter: Dan Cotten
Location: to be determined.
1:00 pm - 1:25 pm: Speed Writing Technology
Presenter: Court Reporters
Location: Courtroom 2

Learn how to make a living by writing fast using advanced stenographic technology.Did you ever wish you could make a living by texting?Stenography is a similar principle.Stenographers write at a minimum of 225 words per minute and are the guardians of the court record. Stenographers also provide captioning for television and sporting events working remotely and on-site.Stenographic technology also provides access for the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.
1:30 pm - 1:55 pm: Just Drive
Presenter: Pat Hackman
Location: Board Room

Distracted driving has been identified as one of the biggest concerns of Wright County residents. Is it really a problem on our local roads and if so, what can be done about it?
2:00 pm - 2:25 pm: It’s 1867: Should the county seat be moved to Buffalo from Monticello?
Presenters: Judge Stephen M. Halsey and Judge Elizabeth H. Strand 
Location: Courtroom 2

In 1867 the citizens of Wright County held an election on the issue of whether the county seat should be moved from Monticello to Buffalo.

Judge Steve Halsey and Judge Elizabeth Strand will portray the proponent of each city in a brief debate, trying to convince the male voters (the only gender with the right to vote at the time) of the logic of their respective positions.
Free legal advice clinics will be available to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

You will be able to:
  • Resolve outstanding warrants in criminal misdemeanor cases;
  • Get help with getting your driver's license reinstated;
  • Find out how to expunge your criminal, juvenile, or housing record; 
  • Meet with a lawyer to get free legal advice on family, probate, and civil matters; or
  • Get help creating a Health Care Directive.
Open Courthouse Information

Appointments can be scheduled in advance by calling (763) 682-7549.  Walk-ins will also be accepted.

Complimentary rides are provided by Trailblazer Transit by calling 1-888-743-3828 up to one week in advance to schedule a ride.


During the open courthouse event, information booths on the following will be available:

  • Health Care directives
  • Self Help Center
  • Rivers of Hope
  • Wright County Court Services
  • Wright County Court Administration
  • Court Reporters
  • Wright County Health and Human Services
  • MN Department of Corrections
  • Veteran Services
Wright County Government Center
10 2nd Street NW
Buffalo, MN  55313
Phone: (763) 682-7539