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Washington County Courts

Locations and Directions

Washington County Courthouse
14949 62nd Street North
P.O. Box 3802
Stillwater, MN 55082
Phone: (651) 413-8030
Fax: (651) 430-1345

Court Administrator:  Teresa Underwood

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**Note:  Effective August 29, 2022, Criminal Signing Judge information will be located under the Calendar tab above.


Hours of Business and HolidaysWashington County Courthouse Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Washington County South Service Center Hours
Hearing Office only by appointment (651) 413-8133

Court Holidays

Monday, January 2, 2023 - New Years Day
Monday, January 16, 2023 - President's Day
Monday, February 20, 2023 - Martin Luther King Day
Monday, May 29, 2023 - Memorial Day
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - Independence Day
Monday, September 4, 2023 - Labor Day
Friday, November 10, 2023 - Veteran's Day
Thursday, November 23 - Friday, November 24, 2023 - Thanksgiving
Monday, December 25, 2023 - Christmas Day

Washington County Judicial Officers

Judge Helen R. Brosnahan

Judge Helen R. Brosnahan Tenth Judicial District

Judge Patrick W. Flanagan

Judge Patrick W. Flanagan Tenth Judicial District

Judge Juanita C. Freeman

Judge Juanita C. Freeman Tenth Judicial District

Judge Gregory G. Galler

Judge Gregory G. Galler Tenth Judicial District

Judge Francis Green III

Judge Francis Green III Tenth Judicial District

Judge Sheridan Hawley

Judge Sheridan Hawley Tenth Judicial District

Judge Richard C. Ilkka

Judge Richard C. Ilkka Tenth Judicial District

Judge Douglas B. Meslow

Judge Douglas B. Meslow Tenth Judicial District

Judge Siv Mjanger

Judge Siv Mjanger Tenth Judicial District

Judge Laura A. Pietan

Judge Laura A. Pietan Tenth Judicial District


Teresa Underwood, Court Administrator
Washington County Courthouse

14949 62nd Street North
P.O. Box 3802
Stillwater, MN 55082
Phone:  (651) 413-8030

The Department of Court Administration is responsible for carrying out the non-judicial functions of the court including:

  • Management of the jury
  • Court finances
  • Fines collection
  • Case flow management of all civil, criminal, traffic, juvenile, family and probate matters
  • Records management

In addition, Court Administration provides a wide range of services to the public, judges, attorneys, agencies and other members of the judicial branch.

The Court Administrator:

  • Develops and implements all policies, programs and procedures for the Office of Court Administration
  • Oversees all activities and functions of Court Administration and its employees
  • Administers personnel regulations of the State Judicial Branch employees and the provisions of collective bargaining agreements
  • Approves and administers records retention/destruction policy
  • Ensures security of all court records and exhibits
  • Oversees administration of the court departmental budget

The Clerk of District Court, known as the Court Administrator, is a public official; the office is created by Article VI, Section 13 of the Constitution of the State of Minnesota.  Appointment of the Court Administrator is by the Judges of the Tenth Judicial District with the authority to act as set forth in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 485.

Washington County Court is located in Stillwater, MN.

Policies and Procedures

Criminal e-Charging Judge Information

Week of November 27, 2023

11/27: Judge Helen Brosnahan
11/28: Judge Helen Brosnahan
11/29: Judge Helen Brosnahan
11/30: Judge Helen Brosnahan
12/1:  Judge Helen Brosnahan

Week of December 4, 2023

12/4: Judge Juanita Freeman
12/5: Judge Juanita Freeman
12/6: Judge Francis Green
12/7: Judge Francis Green
12/8: Judge Francis Green

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. Rules of Public 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.
Washington County Weekly Public Court Calendar

Districtwide Referee Weekly Public Court Calendar

Please note:

  • This calendar is posted at 7 a.m. each business day and updated hourly throughout the day.
  • Calendar hearings are subject to change as there are often changes in scheduled cases, judge assignments, and courtroom assignments.
  • Screens displaying calendars located outside the courtrooms or 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.
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The Criminal Division is responsible for processing higher level and/or court-required criminal and traffic charges which occur within Washington County. 

Criminal charging documents may be in the form of a citation (after which a Notice with a court date is mailed to the defendant at the address noted on the citation) or a formal complaint (which is served upon the defendant by a peace officer).

Criminal and traffic cases are scheduled for court at the Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater, with office hours of Monday through Friday 8:00-4:30.  Questions regarding your court appearance can be addressed by calling (651) 413-8133.

Examples of court-required charges

Hit and Run; Underage Drink and Drive; Theft; charges involving an accident or endangering life or property (will be indicated on citation).

Your first appearance in court

A first appearance is where you enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.  If you plead not guilty, a pretrial or court trial is scheduled. If you enter a plea of guilty, you will be sentenced at that time. The court encourages you to resolve the matter at the first appearance, when the city or county attorney is present to discuss the facts of the case. The Washington County Criminal Defense Panel Program offers representation on cases at misdemeanor level or higher - call (651) 748-9373 for more information. 

This is a large volume court hearing, and you can expect to be at the court for several hours.
If you are assessed a fine, you are expected to pay it before leaving or arrange a payment plan.
If the charge is alcohol- or assault-related, you may be required to be assessed by the Corrections Department.

You have a right to an attorney

If you are not comfortable representing yourself in court, you may want to consider hiring an attorney. An attorney is your representative in court. No one else you will see in the courtroom is rightfully entitled or obligated to protect your rights. If you don't think you can afford an attorney, but feel that you need one, you can ask the Court to appoint an attorney to represent you. You may request the Application Form when you check in for court, complete the form while waiting, and submit it to the Clerk prior to the start of court, or the Judge when your case is called. You will be assessed a co-pay of $75.00 if you qualify for the services. 

Failure to Appear Notice

If you fail to pay your fine or appear for the court date, additional penalties may be added.  Extended delays may cause a warrant to be issued for your arrest or suspension of your driver's license. 

Misdemeanor offenders

A person charged with a misdemeanor who intentionally fails to appear in court for trial on the charge after having been notified that a failure to appear for court appearance is a criminal offense is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 90 days or payment of a fine of not more than $1000, or both. Minn. Stat. § 609.49, subdivision 2. 

All fines are due on the day they are imposed in court.

If you need reasonable accommodations, an interpreter, or other assistance, call (651) 413-8030 option #1.

The Washington County Civil Division is a very diverse division of District Court which deals with

Civil Division
14949 62nd St. N.
P.O. Box 3802
Stillwater, MN  55082

Family Court

Family Court is a division of District Court, which deals with cases involving families, such as:

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Juvenile Court is a division of District Court, which deals with cases involving children under the age of 18.  Various types of cases are heard in Juvenile Court including: With very limited exceptions, juvenile files are confidential.

Juvenile Traffic Offenders

A juvenile traffic offender is any child alleged to have committed a traffic offense, except those children under the jurisdiction of adult court as provided in Minn. Stat. § 260B.225. A traffic offense is any violation of a state or local traffic law, ordinance, or regulation, or a federal, state or local water traffic law.

Generally, 16- and 17-year-old children charged with petty misdemeanor traffic offenses are under the jurisdiction of adult court.  See Traffic Court tab for instructions on how to resolve those cases.

Probate Court has jurisdiction over cases concerning the disposition of property belonging to deceased persons, administration of court-supervised trusts, and proceedings to create guardianships and conservatorships for minor children, incapacitated or incompetent adults.

Probate law is based on the ecclesiastical law of the church and historically this court was known as the "widows and orphans court."  The Probate Court now operates under and modification of the Uniform Probate Code, specifically Minnesota Statutes 524 and 525, and the Rules of Civil Procedure.

The Mental Health / Civil Commitment area of the Probate Court Division is responsible for committing people to treatment centers. Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 253B governs this process. 

Newspaper publications (where to publish notices)
Mental Health/Civil Commitments
Probate/Trust Information and Forms
Conciliation Court is a division of Civil Court. Minnesota law created Conciliation Court, also called Small Claims Court. This court allows citizens to bring their legal claims to court without expensive costs or complicated legal procedures.

The Washington County Violations Bureau is responsible for processing cases that are payable and/or do not require a court appearance. Offenses that require a court appearance are handled by the Criminal Division. Defendants who receive payable citations can either see a hearing officer to negotiate a settlement of the case or pay the ticket (which constitutes a plea of guilty to all offenses).

What is a Hearing Officer?

A Hearing Officer is authorized by the Court to hear payable cases. The Hearing Officer can explain options you may have to settle the ticket other than paying the fine. Depending on the facts of your case and your violation history, some of the options they may be able to offer include: 

  • a reduced fine amount;
  • a payment plan to pay the citation over time; and
  • a continuance for dismissal with payment of prosecution costs
Hearing Officers review payable ticket offenses including parking, traffic, and some misdemeanors. Moving violations, driver's license suspensions, vehicle registration, and insurance violations are a few examples of cases which may be conveniently resolved with a hearing officer in lieu of a court appearance. 

Traffic Ticket Options in Washington County for payable offenses

Call (651) 413-8133 to determine status of citation.  If it is payable, you need to choose one of the following two options within 30 days of the date of your offense:

Payable Option 1: Schedule an Appointment with a Hearing Officer 

The MN Court Payment Center is available between 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday - Friday.  Press 2 at the prompt for a Call Center representative.

Twin Cities Metro Area:  (651) 281-3219
Outstate Area: (800) 657-3611
At your appointment you will speak with a Hearing Officer to attempt a settlement on your payable offense.  If an agreement cannot be reached a court date may be scheduled.  

Hearing officer appointments are conducted via remote technology.
  • Attend from your own computer, tablet, or mobile device.
  • Attend from a tablet at the courthouse. Go to the customer service window for a tablet and assistance.
  • Attend from a library or service center in your community that has public computers.
  • Attend from one of the 250 legal kiosks located throughout the state of Minnesota. Find a kiosk at legalkiosk.org
  • Talk to the Hearing Officer about a phone-only option for your hearing.

Payable Option 2: Pay the fine in full

Visit the Pay Fines page for information about paying your citation. Información en español.
If paying with American Express or Discover please call (651) 413-8133.

Court Debts Gone to Collections

For more infomation about court debts that have gone to collections, visit the Minnesota Department of Revenue website.


Related Links

File a motion to withdraw Guilty Plea and Vacate Conviction (Petty Misdmeanor)
How to Obtain a Valid Driver's License (English)
Como Obtenir una Licencia de Manejo Valida (Spanish)
Driver and Vehicle Services Website
Department of Public Safety Driver's License Reinstatement Information
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Washington County Court Services ​Washington County Criminal Defense Panel Program

Speakers Bureau
Washington County Wedding Officiants
Jury Service

Washington County Criminal Defense Panel Program

The Washington County Criminal Defense Panel Program is a service available to defendants with misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony level offenses who seek representation by an attorney on their case.   The program is staffed by private attorneys who are not affiliated with, or endorsed by, the court, prosecutor, or Public Defender's Office.   Panel attorneys are available during court hearings to answer questions about the legal process and your specific case.  If you do not apply for the services of a public defender and have not yet retained private counsel, a panel attorney can speak with you on your court date, free of charge.  After your discussion with the panel attorney, if you wish to speak to the prosecutor or judge, you will have the opportunity to do so.  If your case is not resolved on the court date, and you are interested in retaining the panel attorney's services to represent you through resolution of your case, it will be at a reduced rate based on your specific offense.

If you are interested in speaking with a panel attorney, contact Shawn Betts, Program Coordinator, at (651) 748-9373.  If leaving a message, please leave the following information:
1.  Level of offense;
2.  Type of offense;
3.  Date of last court appearance;
4.  Date of next court appearance; and
5.  Return phone number.

Please note that panel attorneys do not have a specific, consistent availability schedule for court hearings; it is best to call the number above to ensure a panel attorney is present for your hearing.

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Speakers Bureau

The Washington County District Court Speakers Bureau was created to increase public information about the Washington County Court system and judicial outreach throughout the County. The bureau is comprised of judicial officers and staff who represent their areas of expertise in the District Court system. Upon request, the speakers will attend your organization's events to share accurate and interesting information about the courts and its new initiatives.
To request a speaker for a meeting or event please fill out and submit the following form: Washington County District Court Speakers Bureau Request Form.  Or you may contact Amanda Jansen at (651) 413-8071. Judicial schedules can be very busy. If possible, please contact us at least one month in advance of the date you would like a speaker.

Maybe You Need a Speaker for a...
Civics Class? Career Day? Graduation? Boy or Girl Scout Troop? Field Trip?
Or for a meeting of...  
Your Chamber of Commerce? Your Field Trip? Your Service Club? Your Church Group? Your Parent Teacher Association?

Possible Topics Include

  • Judicial Independence and Accountability
  • Eliminating Bias
  • Abused & Neglected Children
  • Community/Court Partnership
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Restorative
  • Justice/Circle Sentencing
  • Juveniles/Families in Courts
  • Domestic Violence
  • Courts' Role in Society
  • Sentencing Guidelines
  • Women in the Courts
  • Judicial Ethics
  • Criminal Court System
  • Business of the Courts
  • Judicial Selection & Evaluation
  • Access to Justice
  • Access to Courts
  • Expanded Use of Technology in the Courts
  • The Role of the Jury
  • Public Trust & Confidence
  • Courthouse Security & Facilities

Other Services Available

  • Courtroom Observation
  • Judicial Ride Along
  • Courthouse Tour

Available Speakers

  • Judge Helen R. Brosnahan
  • Judge Juanita C. Freeman
  • Judge Gregory G. Galler
  • Judge Francis Green III
  • Judge Sheridan K. Hawley
  • Judge Richard C. Ilkka
  • Judge Ellen L. Maas
  • Judge Douglas B. Meslow
  • Judge Siv Mjanger
  • Judge Laura A. Pietan
Many of the speakers are Washington County residents as well. We are eager to accommodate your request for one of the listed topics or another topic of special interest to your organization. There is no cost to you for this service.

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Phone Numbers

Main Phone: (651) 413-8030
Fax: (651) 430-1345

Division Phone Numbers 

Fine payments with Visa or MasterCard: Minnesota Court Payment Center: (651) 281-3219 or 1-800-657-3611

Fine Payments with American Express or Discover: (651) 413-8133

Fine Payments via web:  www.mncourts.gov - Click on Pay Fines

Criminal/Traffic - Violations Bureau/Citations Questions: (651) 413-8133

Family: (651) 413-8132

Juvenile: (651) 413-8132

Civil: (651) 413-8131, option #1

Conciliation/Small Claims Court: (651) 413-8131, option #2

Probate: (651) 413-8131

Jury Manager: (651) 413-8134

Court Records: (651) 413-8030, option #6

Guardian Ad Litem Program: (651) 413-8130



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Washington County Courthouse
14949 62nd Street North
P.O. Box 3802
Stillwater, MN 55082