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The Probate/Mental Health Court Records Management Team is responsible for document imaging of new files and subsequent documents upon receipt with the goal of becoming a paperless court. They are also responsible for imaging all old files currently stored on site at the courthouse; for archival retention; and for destroying old closed files, all according to MN Statute § 525 and the guidelines of the Minnesota State Historical Society.
Fourth Judicial District Court Probate and Mental Health records date back to 1864. The records require permanent retention, and they may be stored in different media, including old roll film and many forms of microfiche based on technology available at the time.
In general, Probate/Mental Health court records are available on site Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You may call (612)348-8016 before coming to the courthouse to see if a file is available for same day viewing or to find out if it is stored in another location.
||"Open" Probate/Mental Health court files are located in the file room on floor C-400 of the Hennepin County Government Center.
"Closed" Probate/Mental Health court files are stored on the B-level of the Hennepin County Government Center in a locked, non-public area or are transported off-site. Original microfilm is stored in an underground storage facility in Hutchinson, Kansas.
To find records for other case types, please visit our main Records Center (All Divisions).
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