Minnesota Court Records Online (MCRO) is a new application to provide online access to Minnesota state district (trial) court records and documents. During its first phase of rollout, and for the first time ever, MCRO provides online access to many public district court documents.
Minnesota Public Access (MPA) Remote, including searches and registers of actions, remains available.
MCRO will eventually replace MPA Remote as the online platform for public access to district court records. MPA Remote will continue to be fully accessible to the public until all three phases of the MCRO rollout are complete.
During Phase 1, documents filed in a case are only accessible when searching with the case number. While there is no charge for documents at this time, when MCRO is fully implemented, there will be a charge per document.
Users can now access and download the following types of public documents:
Documents Filed on or after July 1, 2015
- All documents in all Major and Minor Criminal and Civil case types
- All documents in all Formal Probate, Other Probate, Guardianship and Conservatorship, and Trust case types
- Only orders, appellate opinions, and notices prepared by the court in:
- All Family case types
- Post-Adjudication Paternity Proceedings
All judgments, orders, appellate opinions, and court-generated notices to parties filed from July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2015, in case types that were publicly and remotely accessible at the time of filing.
Not Accessible through MCRO
Access to documents in MCRO filed prior to July 1, 2015, is very limited. It depends on when the document was imaged, and if the case type was publicly and remotely accessible at the time of filing. Users may need to contact local court administration for more information about these documents.
Not Accessible Through MCRO During Phase 1:
- Registers of actions and the ability to search for cases using party names. These will be accessible during Phase 2 of the MCRO rollout.
- The use of advanced search features, including calendar and judgment searches. These will be accessible during Phase 3 of the MCRO rollout.
- Public documents in public Civil Commitment, Domestic Abuse, Harassment, Delinquency Felony, and Child in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPs) cases.
To better understand what documents are and are not available in MCRO, we encourage you to review the MCRO Document & Case Access Overview Handout.
MCRO is being developed internally by MN Judicial Branch Information Technology Division staff, and a business team with representatives from the State Court Administrator’s Office and the judicial districts. It will feature a modern design, and increased usability and reliability over MPA Remote. Any downloaded documents will be easily printable through MCRO.
Can I access MCRO on my mobile device, and what browsers are compatible with MCRO?
Access to MCRO is available on mobile devices. These browsers are supported: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer. When using Chrome or Edge, it is strongly recommended that users view any documents from MCRO in Adobe, or another PDF Viewer, to ensure the documents contain expected information.
Do I need to register to use MCRO?
No. Users do not need to register at this time. In future phases, registration may be required for the purchase of documents.
Is there a fee to preview or print documents?
Not for this phase of MCRO development. In future phases, the first page of any public document will be free to preview and download. For additional pages, there will be an access fee.
What are the phases of MCRO implementation?
- Phase 1 provides access to certain public documents when searching by case number.
- Phase 2 will provide access to the case Register of Actions, including hearing information, case events, and document index numbers. Phase 2 will also provide additional ways to search for cases, such as by party name, attorney name, and attorney bar number. This Phase is planned for later in 2021.
- Phase 3 will add an access fee and allow for document purchases, as well as a calendar search and judgment search. This Phase will occur from 2021 to 2022.
How do I find the case number for my search?
Currently, you will need to go to MPA Remote to look up your case number. In future phases, you will be able to search for your case directly in MCRO.
What am I unable to do in MCRO?
- Background checks – contact the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)’s Minnesota Public Criminal History Search (CHS) system: access online; at their office located at 1430 Maryland Avenue East in St. Paul; or by calling (651) 793-2400 for information.
- View pending criminal matters without searching by a case number. A “pending criminal record” is a record for which there is no conviction as defined by Minn. Stat. § 609.02, subd. 5.
- Request certified documents or judgments
- Pay court fines or fees
- Schedule a court hearing
- File documents with the district courts
Can I use MCRO if I am a government partner?
Government partners should continue to use Minnesota Government Access (MGA) for all work-related needs. MCRO remains an option for all searches not authorized under the partner’s signed Government Subscriber Agreement. See the Minnesota Government Access FAQ tab
for more information.
Why does the search results list show a document that has “Unknown pages” instead of a number of pages?
Sometimes, a document’s page count cannot be read by the MCRO system. You will need to open the document to see the number of pages.
Why did the Terms and Conditions window pop up again? I had already accepted them when I opened MCRO.
The application resets after 30 minutes of inactivity. After 28 minutes of inactivity, you will be warned that your session is about to expire. If that happens, you may refresh your session. After 30 minutes of inactivity, you’ll be asked to accept the Terms and Conditions again.
What does the filename of my document mean?
Document filenames will contain MCRO, the case number, the MNCIS case event name, the date the document was added to the case, and the date the document was accessed in MCRO (for example: MCRO_99-CR-20-100_Order-Other_2020-01-31_20210203043013.pdf).
Why do some document names end in “-Other”? How can I tell what types of documents they are?
Because of the way documents are categorized in the Minnesota Judicial Branch’s case management system, some documents have “-Other” at the end of their name. You will need to open the document to see what type of document it is.
Why am I seeing a banner pop up saying “At least one signature has problems” when I open the document I’ve downloaded?
The MCRO watermark that appears on documents is applied as a signature. This error is likely to appear the first time you download and open a document from MCRO.
To resolve the error:
- click on the Signature Panel button,
- right-click on the listed signature,
- click on “Show Signature Properties”
- click “Show Certificate button” (under the summary tab),
- click the “Trust” tab
- click “Add to Trusted Identities”
- When the Adobe Security window opens, click “OK”
If other documents have been signed by different court officials, this error may pop up again. To resolve it, follow the same process.
Does the watermark on this document mean that it is a certified copy?
No, the watermark is applied as a signature, but it is not the same thing as a certified copy. To obtain a certified copy, contact court administration.
Why do I keep getting reCAPTCHA prompts?
reCAPTCHA frequency is determined by a Google algorithm and may vary from user to user, as well as by the types of documents or cases being searched.
What should I do if I need a disability accommodation?
Why does my screen reader stop reading?
Your screen reader may need to be adjusted. For example, the character limit or other settings in the Browse mode may need to be adjusted.