Law Day Events
Several Tenth Judicial District counties, supported by local justice partners, participated in Law Day events in 2018. The events, held in Anoka, Washington and Wright counties, provided information and assistance to nearly 1,000 individuals.
At the Wright County Law Day event, Judge Steve Halsey and Judge Elizabeth Strand wore period costumes to debate the 1867 election on the issue of whether the county seat should be moved from Monticello to Buffalo. Those in attendance, and viewers of “The District Court Show”, a cable television program hosted by Judge Halsey and Judge Strand, were able to watch the debate.
Increasing Access to Services for Court Users
The Tenth Judicial District Self-Help Center added expanded hours for the second consecutive year in all eight of the counties in the District. Approximately 6,500 self-represented litigants were served by the Tenth District Self-Help Center in 2018, which was an 11% increase from 2017. The Self-Help Center and Anoka Technical College also began a partnership that will bring Self-Help staff to the Anoka Technical College campus to assist the public with legal information and procedures in 2019.
Operation Community Connect
In October 2018, the District’s Litigant Services team, along with the Kanabec County Court Administrator, participated in Operation Community Connect in Kanabec County, providing legal information and resources to members of the public who were there to receive any number of free resources from participating organizations.
New Court Buildings
The new Sherburne County Judicial Services Building had its grand opening in June 2018. It is approximately 100,000 square feet, including five new courtrooms, judges’ chambers, inmate holding and office space for Court Administration, Community Corrections, the Law Library, the Self-Help Center and the County Attorney. It also includes space for two additional future courtrooms, and features improved security and technology for visitors. It is the first courthouse in the state designed for a paperless court; it was built without a paper file room.
2018 also saw Wright County break ground on a new justice center, which will include the courts. The 150,000 square foot building will be attached to the existing Law Enforcement Center, and will feature courtrooms with advanced technology. The justice center is scheduled to open in May 2020