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Self-Help Centers (4th District)

The Hennepin County District Court has two walk-in Self-Help Centers that offer services to people who are representing themselves in court. Some services are also available at Conciliation Court, Housing Court, and the Domestic Abuse Service Center. The public may also visit the Hennepin County Law Library to find "do-it-yourself" legal materials and get help with legal research. NOTE: This website is not a substitute for legal advice. Talk with a lawyer if you need advice.

Walk-in Services

The Self-Help Centers have computers with access to online resources such as tools to fill out court forms, "how-to" videos, and tutorials that are available on a first-come first-served basis. Other services include:

  • Court forms and written instructions (some fees may apply)
  • Brief legal advice from volunteer attorneys
  • One-on-one help to learn court procedures
  • One-on-one review of your court forms
  • Referrals to community resources and legal services
  • Staff speak English, French, Somali and Spanish

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Hours & Locations

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Self-Help Center
Hennepin Co. Govt. Center
300 South 6th Street
2nd Floor, PSL
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0421

(612)348-9399 (recording)
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Closed holidays

Please arrive at the SHC at least 1.5 hours before closing if you want help filling out court forms.

Family Justice Center

Family Court Self-Help Center
Family Justice Center
110 South 4th Street
1st Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55401

(612)596-8519 (recording)
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Closed holidays

Services at the Family Court Self-Help Center

Help is offered on divorce, custody, child support, and other family law cases at this location.

Court Forms:  Available for pick-up from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Court Forms Review Service:

Walk-in:  Reviews of completed forms are available starting at 8:00 a.m. Monday - Friday, on a first-come first-served basis, until list is full. Arrive early for the best chance of getting on the list. No walk-ins taken from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

By appointment:  Call (612)596-1067 to schedule an appointment.

NOTE: Get help with domestic abuse at the Domestic Abuse Services Center.

Tips on Using the Self-Help Center

  • Visit the MN Courts Self-Help Center website before you come to the courthouse. That website offers lots of information on common legal topics as well as online tools to fill out court forms, "how to" videos, and tutorials. You may be able to handle your legal matter or find answers to your questions without going to the courthouse.
  • Please arrange for child care. The walk-in Self-Help Centers do NOT have a play area or toys for children. You and other customers will need to be able to focus on legal issues without distractions.
  • Expect to spend some time on your legal issues, both on your own as well as at the Self-Help Center. You may have to return to the SHC several times to complete the steps in your case.
  • Bring your checkbook or cash. Walk-in services are free at the Self-Help Center, but there may be a fee for certain things in your case. Example: criminal history printouts, subpoenas, forms, and filing.


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