On Monday, May 1, 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 Monday, May 1, 2017.
Presentations in the County Boardroom
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - Scams presented by Wright County Sheriff’s Department
This is an informational session about current scams in the County and how to protect yourself.
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - Introduction to Restorative Practices utilized within Corrections and the Community presented by Karen Evans, Wright County Court Services
This presentation is an introduction into restorative practices, including victim offender dialogue, community conferencing and conflict resolution. We will discuss the potential benefits for victims, offenders and the community. Karen will be sharing real case examples of restorative practices. How restorative practices have the potential to repair harm to victims and the community; hold defendant’s accountable; encourage victim empathy.
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - Introduction to the Wright County Attorney’s office presented by Tom Kelly, Wright County Attorney
This presentation will highlight the role and function of the County Attorney’s office.
Presentations in the Courtroom
10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - The Turn presented by District Court Judge Michele Davis and Darnell Brethorst, The Turn Coordinator
This is an introduction to Drug Court programs that are being implemented all over the Country and a more in depth look specifically at the Wright County Adult Drug Court Program- The Turn.
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Guarding the Record presented by Michelle Pecharich and Leslie Carver, Court reporters
This is an informational session about what the court reporter does, how a transcript is made and how to obtain a transcript from a court hearing.
K9 presentations will be on the front lawn of the Government center at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Free legal advice clinics will be available to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You will be able to:
Expungement Clinic Information »
Driver's License Clinic Information »
Outstanding Misdemeanor Warrant Clinic Information »
- 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; or
- Meet with a lawyer to get free legal advice on family and civil matters.
Appointments can be scheduled in advance for the Family Law clinic. Please call 763-682-8656 to set up a time to meet with a Family Law Attorney. Walk-ins will also be accepted.
Wright County Court Administration
Wright County Sheriff’s Department
Buffalo Police Department
Wright County Human Services – Mental Health & Chemical Dependency & Truancy
Wright County Child Support
Rivers of Hope
Central Minnesota Jobs in training Services (The Work Force Center)
CAAP – My MN Conservator Program
Criminal Defense Panel
Public Defenders Office
Department of Corrections
Self Help Center
Wright County Court Reporters
Veteran's Justice Program