Tenth Judicial District

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Tenth Judicial District Administration

7533 Sunwood Drive NW, Suite 306
Ramsey, MN 55303-5186
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Phone: (763) 279-0179
Fax: (763) 279-0178
 

Business Hours:

Monday-Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm
(except holidays; see schedule below)
Court Holiday Schedule
 

Chief Judge

Honorable John C. Hoffman
Washington County
 

Assistant Chief Judge

Honorable Douglas B. Meslow
Anoka County

District Administrator

Michael Moriarity
 

Assistant District Administrator

Nancy McCabe
 

Accounting Officer

Kris Wiersma
 

Guardian ad Litem Manager

Greg King
 

Human Resources Manager

Kristine Lancaster
 
Contact Us

Early Neutral Evaluation Program

Find county-specific Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) Program Information on the ENE Help Topic.


Tenth District Parent Education Information

Kris Wiersma
Accounting Officer
7533 Sunwood Drive NW, Suite 306
Ramsey, MN 55303-5186
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Phone: (763) 279-0164
 

Electronic Funds Transfer/Direct Deposit

Vendors who do business with the courts are able to have their funds directly deposited into their bank account in a quick, safe, and secure manner.  Go to the Minnesota Department of Finance’s website to learn about the advantages of Electronic Funds Transfer.

If you are adding or changing a bank and/or account to which payments are deposited, you will need to complete a Direct Deposit Authorization Form.
 

Vendor Payment Information

Vendors can view the payments made by the State of Minnesota by logging on to the Vendor Payment Information website.
 

Unclaimed Property

If you feel you have monies coming to you, contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce to learn more about Unclaimed Property.
 

Jury Payments

For Jury Payment questions, the contacts for each county are:
Anoka (763) 422-7370
Chisago (651) 213-8669
Isanti (763) 689-8356
Kanabec (320) 679-6400
Pine (320) 591-1515
Sherburne (763) 241-2846
Washington (651) 430-6314
Wright (763) 682-7657

Thomas R. Lehmann Receives 10th Judicial District Pro Bono Award

The Tenth Judicial District presented its 2014 Judge Robert Varco 10th Judicial District Pro Bono Award to Thomas Lehmann of the Eckberg Lammers Law Firm in Stillwater, MN. Mr. Lehmann was nominated by Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) for the pro bono legal services he has provided to clients of SMRLS since 1989. In the nomination, it was noted that his long service outdates their recordkeeping system. Since 2002 he has completed 38 cases for SMRLS clients.  In total since 2002, Tom has contributed over 445 hours of high quality legal services. SMRLS provides a full range of legal services to low income persons in civil matters in 33 counties in Minnesota, including Washington County.  The mission of SMRLS is to obtain effective access to the justice system to maintain freedom from hunger, homeless, sickness and abuse. Lehmann has been willing to take a wide range of cases for SMRLS including collection, employment, landlord-tenant, public benefits, wills, and family law cases including dissolutions, custody matters and adoptions. 

In presenting the Award, Judge Krista Martin noted his dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to the poor through SMRLS. “His history of service merits this important recognition. It serves as an ongoing example of legal services for low-income individuals for Washington County.”

The 10th District Award is named in Memory of Judge Robert Varco who chambered in Sherburne County. For years Varco chaired the 10th District’s Pro Bono Committee and was known for his impassioned pleas for pro bono volunteers and his deep expressions of gratitude when he annually made the award presentation. Judge Varco would have been delighted with the well-deserved recognition given Mr. Lehmann.
 

Family Law Blog

View Judge Steve Halsey's blog on Minnesota family law issues at:http://minnesotafamilylawissues.blogspot.com 
Representing the counties of: Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne, Washington and Wright
 

Our Goal

To ensure that every man, woman, and child in the Tenth Judicial District has equal access to justice and can expect, in full confidence, to receive equal justice under the laws of the State of Minnesota.


What is "Bias"?

Bias is negative, hostile, offensive, or insulting behavior directed towards a person for being perceived as different.  Bias may be based, in whole or in part, on sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability.

If you feel you have been a victim of bias by anyone in the court system in the Tenth Judicial District, we want to hear from you. 
 

Where you can turn for help

If you feel you have been a victim of bias in the court system of any of the counties of the Tenth Judicial District, please contact the Equal Justice Committee using one of the following:
Email:  EqualJustice10@courts.state.mn.us
Phone:  (763) 279-0177
Download and complete this form and return to:
Equal Justice Committee Chair
Tenth Judicial District
7533 Sunwood Drive NW, Suite 306
Ramsey, MN  55303
Phone:  763-279-0177
Fax:  763-279-0178
Email:  EqualJustice10@courts.state.mn.us

Complaints that involve the outcome of your case, rather than how you were treated by the judge and court staff, cannot be addressed through this process.  If your concerns are related to the outcome of your court case, you should contact an attorney for legal help.

Complaints received about others involved in the judicial process will be referred to the appropriate agency/office.

No response can be made to anonymously given complaints.

To view our Equal Justice Committee brochure, please click here.

Handouts from the forum of the Equal Justice Committee and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe at Grand Casino Hinckley 2/25/12:
Tenth Judicial District Self-Help Center

The 10th Judicial District Self-Help Center offers assistance to self-represented litigants (people who are representing themselves in court) by providing:

  • Information on pro bono and low cost legal services
  • Information on legal referral services and information about mediation services
  • Forms and instructions on completing existing and approved statewide forms. Some fees may apply to forms.
  • Information on court procedures
  • Help with calculating guideline child support
Self-Help Center staff CANNOT provide legal advice.  If an individual chooses to be self-represented, that individual will have the same responsibility as an attorney to follow court rules and procedures to move the case forward.  Self-Help Center staff are not responsible for the outcome of the case.  This website is not a substitute for legal advice.  Talk with a lawyer if you need legal advice.
 

Walk-in Services

The Self-Help Center has computers with access to online resources available on a first-come first-served basis.  The Self-Help Center has forms and can perform a review of forms for completeness relating to:
  • Civil pleadings                               
  • Conciliation court
  • Landlord/tenant cases
  • Change of name
  • Dissolution of marriage actions
  • Custody proceedings
  • Child support matters
The Self-Help Center can also provide some limited assistance with probate matters and criminal matters, such as criminal expungements.
 
The Self-Help Center DOES NOT currently provide assistance with orders for protection (“OFPs”) or harassment restraining orders (“HROs”) (contact your Court Administration office for assistance with OFPs and HROs) or the following case types:  appealing a decision to the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court; annulment of marriage; legal separation; third-party custody; grandparent visitation; adoptions; termination of parental rights; wills; estates; trusts; juvenile matters; immigration issues; bankruptcy issues or emergency motions.  There may be other areas in which the Self-Help Center is unable to provide assistance, depending on the particular case type. 
 
The Self-Help Center cannot:
  • Do legal research for self-represented litigants
  • Recommend one option over another
  • Predict or guarantee an outcome
  • Offer legal strategy, advice or theory
  • Interpret or analyze an aspect of a statute, rule or order
  • Advise someone to file a case or of a particular action to take
  • Offer an opinion on the merits of a case
  • Assist with forms that have not been properly approved
If you need to perform legal research or assistance with a case type not covered by the Self-Help Center, contact your local law library or attend a legal advice clinic.
 

Location & Hours

10th Judicial District Self-Help Center
Anoka County Courthouse
325 East Main Street, C210
Anoka, MN 55303-2489
The Center is located in the central building on the second level, across from the Jury Assembly Room.  
 
Walk-in Hours:  Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on a first-come first-served basis based on availability.  Note:  Based on staffing, hours/days are subject to change.  If you are planning to visit the Self-Help Center in person, please call (763) 422-6963 (voicemails not currently accepted) to confirm the Center is open the day you plan to visit.
 
The Self-Help Center is closed on Fridays, but will accept telephone calls based on staff availability.
 
Tips on Using the Self-Help Center
 
  • Visit the Minnesota Judicial Branch Help Topics before you come to the courthouse.  The Help Topics a great deal of information on common legal topics, as well as online tools that can assist you in completing forms.  For some legal topics, these tools include “how-to” videos and tutorials.  For others, you may find written, detailed instructions.
  • Please arrange for child care.  The Self-Help Center does not have a play area or toys for children.  You and other self-represented litigants will need to be able to focus on legal issues without distraction.
  • Expect to spend some time on your legal issues, both on your own and at the Self-Help Center.  You may not be able to take care of your legal issues in one visit.
  • Many legal issues are time sensitive and contain strict deadlines.  If you are unaware of any potential deadlines, you should seek immediate legal advice.  DO NOT wait for assistance from the Self-Help Center.
  • If you need assistance with electronic filing or electronic service (Washington County is currently accepting electronic filings for certain case types) please visit the eFile webpage.
 
Contact Us:
10CourtHelp@courts.state.mn.us
(Please note that normal email response time is 2 – 3 business days)
County Court CalendarsCourt calendars reflect scheduled courtroom hearings, but they do not include all matters handled by the court each day.

Confidential cases are not posted in this calendar, so if your case does not appear on the calendar, do not assume that your court appearance has been cancelled or rescheduled.

The calendar is in searchable PDF format. You can use your computer or mobile device to find your name or the name of an attorney.

Anoka County
Chisago County
Isanti County
Kanabec County
Pine County
Sherburne County
Washington County
Wright County

Please note:
  •  This calendar is posted at 7:00 a.m. each business day and updated hourly throughout the day. The Anoka calendar is posted at 7:00 p.m. for the next days hearings.
  • Calendar hearings are subject to change as there are often changes in scheduled cases, judge assignments, and courtroom assignments.
  • Printed calendars located outside the courtrooms or in public lobbies contain the most current daily calendar information.
  • If you have any questions about the calendar, please contact the local court administrator’s office.
  • Information in the calendar is subject to the MN Rules of Public Access».