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The Minnesota Judicial Branch has taken a historic step into the future with the decision to move state courts from a framework of paper files to an electronic information environment.  This initiative will result in significant benefits for judges, court employees, attorneys, and most importantly, the hundreds of thousands of people served each year.

First District Order Regarding Possession of Firearms on Court Property Effective April 8, 2015

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Nomad Multimedia Podiums available at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings

Dakota County District Court now has two Nomad Multimedia Podiums available at the Hastings Judicial Center.  These podiums are a self-contained, all inclusive presentation system allowing the user to present virtually any type of media.  The podium has a DVD/VCR player, a sound reinforcement system, a Document Camera and HDMI or VGA connections for a laptop computer.  You can contact District Court to reserve one of the podiums for your hearing.  Click on the links below to view the User Guide or to watch an informational training video.

User Guide for Nomad LT Multimedia Podium

Watch Online Training Video

eFiling and eService Mandatory September 16, 2013

Attention attorneys and government entities: eFiling and eService will be mandatory for civil and family cases in Dakota County District Court, effective September 16, 2013. The requirement does not apply to probate/mental health, adoption, child protection, or conciliation court cases.

Register for eFiling and eService

For more information, please contact the eMN eFile Support Center.

The Minnesota Supreme Court has authorized an Expedited Civil Litigation Track Pilot Project, effective July 1, 2013, for the district courts in Dakota County and the city of Duluth

Read the news release

Read the Supreme Court order, the special rules, and the amendments (PDF)

Dakota County Continuance Policy Effective May 23, 2013

Read the Policy

Continuance Request Form

First District Policy for Electronic Devices in Court Facilities Effective May 9, 2014

Read the Policy

First District Order Regarding Restitution Determination on Probation to the Court Cases

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Business Hours
(all three sites):
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Limited English Proficiency Plan (LEP)

Heidi Carstensen, Court Administrator
Dakota County Judicial Center
1560 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033
Phone:  651/438-8100
Dakota County
Judicial Center
1560 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033
Phone: 651/438-8100

Dakota County Judicial Center - Hastings
Directions to Dakota Co. Judicial Center

Dakota County
Northern Service Center
1 West Mendota Rd.,
Ste. 140
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Phone: 651/554-6200
Fax: 651/554-6226

Directions to Dakota Co. Northern Service Center

Dakota County
Western Service Center
14955 Galaxie Ave. West
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: 952/891-7256      
Fax: 952/891-7285

Directions to Dakota Co. Western Service Center 


Court Adminstration
Staff Phone Directory

Filing Fees

Dakota County Jury Information

Jury Service Overview

Pay Fines
Civil Court Criminal Court
Family Court Juvenile Court
Probate Court Specialty Courts
Source Code Evidentiary Hearings  Court Calendar

A new file may be opened at a court location as designated below.

Documents for an existing file must be filed at the location the file was opened or where originally filed.

Cases Processed in Hastings, Apple Valley and West St. Paul:

Order for Protections
Traffic and Misdemeanor
Unlawful Detainers/Evictions
Name Changes

Cases Processed in Hastings Only:

Gross Misdemeanor
Felony Criminal
Major Civil

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