DAKOTA COUNTY DISTRICT COURT

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Dakota County Courts

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Dakota County Judicial Center

Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, MN

1560 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033
Phone: (651) 377-7180
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Dakota County Western Service Center

Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley, MN.
14955 Galaxie Ave. West
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: (952) 247-7099
Fax: (952) 891-2820
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Dakota County Northern Service Center

Dakota County Northern Service Center in West St. Paul, MN
1 West Mendota Rd., Ste. 140
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Phone: (651) 377-7190
Fax: (651) 455-1993
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Transit Link is a shared-ride public transportation service for the Twin Cities metro area including Dakota County where regular route transit service is infrequent or unavailable. There is a fee for this service. For more information or to schedule a ride, visit Transit Link or call (651) 602-5465.

Business Hours

(all three sites)
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 

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Dakota County Judicial Officers

Judge Jamie L. Cork

Judge Jamie L. Cork First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Dannia L. Edwards

Judge Dannia L. Edwards First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Bryce A.D. Ehrman

Judge Bryce A.D. Ehrman First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Kathryn Iverson Landrum

Judge Kathryn Iverson Landrum First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge David L. Knutson

Judge David L. Knutson First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Christopher Jon Lehmann

Judge Christopher Jon Lehmann First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge David Lutz

Judge David Lutz First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Michael J. Mayer

Judge Michael J. Mayer First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Cynthia L. McCollum

Judge Cynthia L. McCollum First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Timothy J. McManus

Judge Timothy J. McManus First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Shawn M. Moynihan

Judge Shawn M. Moynihan First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Tanya O. O’Brien

Judge Tanya O. O’Brien First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Ann M. Offermann

Judge Ann M. Offermann First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Arlene M. Asencio Perkkio

Judge Arlene M. Asencio Perkkio First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Tracy Perzel

Judge Tracy Perzel First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Stacey E. Sorensen Green

Judge Stacey E. Sorensen Green First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Vicki Vial Taylor

Judge Vicki Vial Taylor First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Richelle M. Wahi

Judge Richelle M. Wahi First Judicial District
Dakota

Judge Tim D. Wermager

Judge Tim D. Wermager First Judicial District
Dakota

First District Order Regarding Possession of Firearms on Court Property, Effective July 1, 2021

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eFiling and eService

The Minnesota Judicial Branch has taken a historic step into the future with the decision to move state courts from a framework of paper files to an electronic information environment. This initiative will result in significant benefits for judges, court employees, attorneys, and most importantly, the hundreds of thousands of people served each year.
eFile and eServe Now


Nomad Multimedia Podiums Now Available at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings

Dakota County District Court now has two Nomad Multimedia Podiums available at the Hastings Judicial Center. These podiums are a self-contained, all inclusive presentation system allowing the user to present virtually any type of media. The podium has a DVD/VCR player, a sound reinforcement system, a Document Camera, and HDMI or VGA connections for a laptop computer. You can contact the District Court to reserve one of the podiums for your hearing.  

User Guide for Nomad LT Multimedia Podium
Watch Online Training Video


Expedited Civil Litigation Track Pilot Project

The Minnesota Supreme Court has authorized an Expedited Civil Litigation Track Pilot Project, effective July 1, 2013, for the district courts in Dakota County and the city of Duluth.
Read the news release
Read the Supreme Court order, the special rules, and the amendments


Dakota County Continuance Policy, Effective May 23, 2013

Read the Policy
Continuance Request Form
 

First District Policy for Electronic Devices in Court Facilities, Effective July 1, 2021

Read the Policy
 

First District Order Regarding Restitution Determination on Probation to the Court Cases

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Criminal - Traffic Court

How Do I...?

What to do if there is a bench warrant for your arrest 

If there is a bench warrant for your arrest, you may turn yourself in on any weekday at 6:00 a.m. at the Law Enforcement Center in Hastings.  Your case will be heard at the next available court calendar.
 

Applying for a Public Defender  

If you cannot afford to obtain an attorney, you may apply for a public defender by completing a public defender application form.
 

Restitution

If you are a victim of a crime and looking to get reimbursed, click on Crime victim's restitution packet. 
 

Challenging Restitution

If you wish to contest the amount of restitution you were ordered to pay, please complete the Challenge of Restitution form and file with court administration. 


Obtain a Certified or Plain Copy of a Criminal Document

Plain Copy fee is $8.00 per document. 
To obtain a Plain Copy filed in Dakota County: Certified Copy fee is $14.00 per document.
To obtain a Certified Copy filed in Dakota County:
  • Purchase in-person at any Dakota County District Court Locations, or
  • Complete and mail Copy Request Form along with payment in full to any of Dakota County Court locations, or
  • Purchase by phone; call (651) 377-7188. You will need the court file number, your return address, and a credit card number ready. 

     

 

Civil - Conciliation Court (Small Claims Court)

How do I ...?

Civil Motion in District Court

Prior to submitting motion paperwork, a hearing date must be obtained from Dakota County Court Administration. Call (651) 377-7900 for a court date.

Fax Filing Procedures

Except where filing is required by electronic means by rule of court, any document may be filed with the court by facsimile transmission pursuant to Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure 5.05.  Failure to comply with this rule can result in judicial action.

Release of Minor Settlement Funds

To release any funds, either at the age of majority or a partial release prior to age of majority, a motion must be completed and submitted to the county where the case is filed.  After the court receives the motion, it will be submitted to a judge for review.

These rules do not apply to funds held in an annuity. Annuities cannot be withdrawn until majority has been reached.

Forms:

Family

How do I...? 

Family Motion in District Court 

Prior to submitting motion paperwork, a motion date must be obtained from court administration. To obtain a motion date please call 651-377-7900.

Obtain a Certified or Plain Copy of a Family Court Document

Plain Copy fee $8.00 per document.
To obtain a Plain Copy filed in Dakota County: Certified Copy fee $14.00 per document.
To obtain a Certified Copy filed in Dakota County:
  • Purchase in-person at any Dakota County District Court office, or
  • Mail completed Copy Request Form along with payment in full to any of Dakota County Court locations, or
  • Purchase by phone; call (651) 377-7900. You will need the court file number, your return address, and a credit card number ready.   
Guardianships and Conservatorships

How do I....?​

Obtain a Certified or Plain Copy of a Guardianship or Conservatorship Document

Plain Copy fee $8.00 per document.
To obtain a Plain Copy filed in Dakota County: Certified Copy fee $14.00 per document.
To obtain a Certified Copy filed in Dakota County,
  • Purchase in-person at any District Court office in Minnesota, or
  • Complete and mail Copy Request Form along with payment in full to Dakota County District Court, Attn: Probate, 1560 Hwy 55, Hastings, MN  55033, or
  • Purchas by phone; call (651) 377-7974. You will need the court file number, your return address, and a credit card number ready.  
Juvenile

Dakota County Juvenile Court is located at the Judicial Center in Hastings. 
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Probate and Mental Health

How do I...?

Obtain a  Certified or Plain Copy of Probate Document

Plain Copy fee $8.00 per document
To obtain a Plain Copy filed in Dakota County: Certified Copy fee $14.00 per document.
To obtain a Certified Copy filed in Dakota County,
  • Purchase in-person at any Dakota County District Court office, or
  • Complete and mail Copy Request Form along with payment in full to Dakota County District Court, Attn: Probate, 1560 Hwy 55, Hastings, MN  55033 or
  • Purchase by phone: call (651) 377-7974.  You will need the court file number, your return address, and a credit card number ready.  
Treatment Courts

Dakota County currently operates Adult Drug Court, DWI Court, Family Dependency Treatment Court, and Juvenile Drug Court.  Dakota County also operates a Veteran’s Court, combined with Carver County.

How do I...?

Public Court Calendars

Court Calendar

Court calendars reflect scheduled courtroom hearings, but they do not include all matters handled by the court each day.

Confidential cases and cases that are not remotely accessible under Minn. R. Pub. Access 8, subd. 2 are not posted in this calendar. If your case does not appear on the calendar, do not assume that your court appearance has been cancelled or rescheduled.

The calendar is in searchable .PDF format. You can use your computer or mobile device to find your name or the name of an attorney.

Dakota County Court Calendars

Please note:                                                                                                                                   
 
  • This calendar is posted at 7:00 PM for the next day's hearings, and updated hourly beginning at 7:00 AM throughout court business hours.          
  • Calendar hearings are subject to change as there are often changes in scheduled cases, judge assignments, and courtroom assignments.
  • Printed calendars located outside the courtrooms or electronic display monitors in public lobbies contain the most current daily calendar information.
  • If you have any questions about the calendar, please contact the local court administrator’s office.
  • Information in the calendar is subject to the MN Rules of Public Access.
  • If you are scheduled for a remote hearing and you do not have access to appropriate technology or internet access to join the hearing remotely, you may visit a location offering these services for attending remote hearings.
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Judicial Center - Hastings 
Main Phone: (651) 377-7180

Western Service Center - Apple Valley
Main Phone: (952) 247-7099

Northern Service Center - West St. Paul
Main Phone: (651) 377-7190

Criminal/Traffic Division

Phone: (651) 377-7188

Apple Valley Fax: (952) 891-2820
Hastings Fax: (651) 437-2293
West St. Paul Fax: (651) 455-1993

MN Court Payment Center: (651) 281-3219  (metro) or (800) 657-3611 if calling outside the metro area

Civil and Family Division

Civil Phone: (651) 377-7900

Hastings Civil Fax: (651) 437-2358
HastingsFamily Fax: (651) 437-2346
Apple Valley Civil/Family Fax: (952) 891-2820

West St. Paul Civ/Family Fax:  (651) 455-1993

 

Juvenile Division

(Judicial Center – Hastings Only)

Phone: (651) 377-7188
Fax: (651) 437-2293

 

Probate Division/Mental Health/Adoptions

(Judicial Center – Hastings Only)

Phone: (651) 377-7974
Fax: (651) 437-2346


Jury Service Information

(Judicial Center – Hastings Only)

Phone: (651) 377-7970
Fax: (651) 437-2358
24 hour phone recording: (651) 377-7170

Contact by email
 
Mailing AddressDakota County District Court
Judicial Center
1560 Highway 55
Hastings, MN  55033

Dakota County District Court
Western Service Center
14955 Galaxie Ave
Apple Valley, MN  55124

Dakota County District Court
Northern Service Center
1 Mendota Road West
Suite 140
West St Paul, MN  55118

Contact by email