How to search MPA remote

Important Information

The information available on Minnesota Public Access (MPA) Remote is provided as a service and is not considered an official court record. The Minnesota Judicial Branch does not certify MPA Remote records or search results and is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the data found on MPA Remote. Certified civil judgment search results may be obtained from court administration.

MPA Remote is a public-view version of the Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS), the computerized case management system used by Minnesota District Courts to track and manage cases and calendars. MPA Remote contains replicated public case data from MNCIS. Upon inquiry, MPA Remote displays public case information for Criminal/Traffic/Petty Case Records; Civil, Family & Probate Case Records; Judgments searches; and Court Calendar searches. Case search results display the Register of Actions, which may include some or all of the following information: party identification, documents filed, hearings, dispositions, sentences, fines, and fee information. It does not provide access to non-publicly accessible case records, as defined by Rule 4 of the Minnesota Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch.

How to search MPA Remote

  1. Read and accept the Terms and Conditions under "Minnesota District (Trial) Court Case Search" on the Access Case Records page:
    Image of the Terms and Conditions found on the Access Case Records page of the Minnesota Judicial Branch website.
  2.  Select the location and the type of search. More information can be found in MPA Remote Online HelpImage of the location menu and seach types found on MPA remote
  3. The next screen will ask for case details. Users must enter the security code at the top of the screen. The security code is NOT case-sensitive and characters entered will appear lower-case. If the code is difficult to read, use the refresh button for a new code. Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*) and in red font. Select "search" once the case details are entered.
  4. If the search returns results, and the case numbers appears as a links, users may use the links to access the Register of Actions for the cases. 

    Electronic copies of public documents are not available at this time through MPA Remote.

    Remote Access Restrictions: For privacy reasons, the information available on MPA Remote is also limited to remotely accessible information under Rule 8, subd. 2 of the Minnesota Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch. Under this rule, publicly accessible case records available on the MPA Courthouse service (on court public access computers) are not all remotely accessible through MPA Remote on the internet.  For example, party street address and name searches on criminal, traffic, and petty misdemeanor pending case records are publicly accessible and available on the MPA Courthouse service, but not on MPA Remote. The federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) also prevents the displaying of harassment and domestic abuse case types on the internet, but these are available through the MPA Courthouse service. Comment fields for all case types also are not available on MPA Remote but are available through the MPA Courthouse service.
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