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 Law Library Overview

 

The Carver County Law Library is staffed by a trained law librarian. You may call 952-361-1564, email Fotolia_3632868_XS.jpg
bwolfe@co.carver.mn.us, or visit the Law Library M-F, 8 am - 4:30.  The law library is located on the lower level of the Carver County Government Center, Judicial Building.
 
Law Library Services
Full listing of the Law Library services and offerings.
Upcoming legal advice clinics, law-related courses for the public, continuing legal education for lawyers, and information about the Law Library Book Club.
A compilation of professional, authentic resources for legal research.
For lawyers: view upcoming courses and earn credits.
 
Help Finding a Lawyer
Find a list of metro-area resources to assist in finding an attorney including free providers of legal services and legal clinics.

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP

Calendar of Free Legal Advice Clinics sponsored by county law libraries in the metro area.  RSS Feed

Free Family Law Phone Advice from the Volunteer Lawyers Network.
The Volunteer Lawyers Network offers an opportunity for financially eligible clients to speak over the phone with an experienced family law attorney for a 20 minute legal consultation. Attorneys are available to assist qualifying individuals residing or having a case in Hennepin, Scott or Carver counties.

VLN Free Help with Answering a Summons and Complaint
Phone advice for help with answering a Civil Summons and Complaint.  Must meet eligibility guidelines.
 
Are you representing yourself in a legal matter such as divorce; modifying child support, child custody, or parenting time; criminal expungement; name change, or a conciliation court matter? Visit the Minnesota Court Forms page to access Minnesota court forms packets which include instructions and all the required court forms.
A Self-Help computer and phone are available in the Carver County Law Library. Print court forms, get court information, and visit links to other legal resources.
Get help by email or phone. Use the Self-help Center Contact Us Form to send a question at any time.

Call the Self-Help Center with questions about court forms, procedures and legal resources by using the Self-help phone at the Carver County Law Library, or by calling the Self-help Call Center at 651-259-3888. Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30a - 3:00p (closed legal holidays)
 
I-CAN
Representing yourself in a divorce? Try I-CAN! Minnesota I-CAN! is a free court forms service. I-CAN! asks you questions and saves your answers. When you finish all of the questions, I-CAN! puts your answers in the forms and prints them, along with instructions on how to start your case and calculate child support. I-CAN now includes divorce with and without minor children and fee waiver forms for any type of civil case.

LawHelpMN.org
Helping low-income Minnesotans solve civil legal matters.  Find answers to legal questions, legal aid offices and
more. 

Help finding a lawyer
Find a list of metro-area resources to assist in finding an attorney including free providers of legal services and legal clinics.
 

Minnesota District Courts offer an online case inquiry tool for statewide electronic case records. This 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. The search results display case information for public viewing, including register of actions, calendars, judgments, and criminal and civil orders and notices prepared by the court. Please note: Courthouse public access terminals provide the most complete access to electronic district court case records.

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Public Record Search
This website contains public data maintained by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Data on criminal convictions is public for 15 years following the completion of the sentence. Public information includes: offense, court of conviction, date of the conviction and sentence information. Information not available on this website includes: arrest data, juvenile data, criminal history data from other states, federal data, data on convictions where 15 years or more have elapsed since the completion of the sentence, and other data deemed private or confidential.

Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) - Federal Court Records
PACER is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts, and from the U.S. Party/Case Index. Electronic access is available by registering with the PACER Service Center, the judiciary's centralized registration, billing, and technical support center.

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The Carver County Law Library is established under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 134A. The governance of the Law Library is a three member board:
Honorable Kevin W. Eide
Judge, First Judicial District
Government Center , Justice Center Building
604 East 4th Street
Chaska , Minnesota 55318
952-361-1445
 
Commissioner Gayle O. Degler
Carver County Commissioner - 1 st District
1630 Lyman Boulevard
Chanhassen , MN 55317
952-448-3685
Mr. R. Lawrence Harris
Attorney
Main Street Exchange Building
Suite 200 , 121 Main Street West
Waconia , MN 55387
952-442-7700

The Law Library is a branch of the Carver County Public Library.
 
FUNDING
Pursuant to Minn. Stat. sec. 134A.10, the county law library is funded by court fees.
 
134A.10 Library fees collected in all other counties
 
Subdivision 1. Civil fee assessment. In counties other than Hennepin and Ramsey, the court administrator shall collect in each civil suit, action or proceeding filed in the district, county or county municipal and conciliation courts of the county, in the manner in which other fees are collected, a law library fee from:
 
(a) The plaintiff, petitioner or other person instituting the suit, action or proceeding, at the time of the filing of the first paper; and
 
(b) Each defendant, respondent, intervenor or other party who appears, either separately or jointly, to be collected at the time of the filing of the first paper by the defendant, respondent, intervenor or other party, or at the time when the party's appearance is entered in the case.
 
Subd. 2. Probate proceedings. The judge of the district court or the registrar of probate or the court administrator shall collect a law library fee from the petitioner instituting proceedings for supervised and unsupervised guardianship, conservatorship, descent, formal and informal probate, trusts and summary assignments at the time of the filing of the petition. The disbursement shall be an item of administration of the estate, entitling the petitioner to reimbursement out of the estate.
 
Subd. 3. Petty misdemeanor cases and criminal convictions; fee assessment. The judge of district court may, upon the recommendation of the board of trustees and by standing order, include in the costs or disbursements assessed against a defendant convicted in the district court of the violation of any statute or municipal ordinance, in all petty misdemeanor cases and criminal prosecutions in which, upon conviction, the defendant may be subject to the payment of the costs or disbursements in addition to a fine or other penalty a county law library fee. The item of costs or disbursements may not be assessed for any offense committed prior to the establishment of the county law library.
 
Subd. 4. Setting fees. The law library board of trustees shall, with the approval of the board of commissioners, set the amount of the law library fee for civil and criminal matters, including petty misdemeanor cases, in the district and conciliation courts of the county. The fee shall be set on July 1 each year and remain in effect until changed. All law library fees shall be published in the State Register.
 
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Carver County Law Library is open to the public Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm.
 
STAFF
Brenda Wolfe
Law Library Manager
Carver County Government Center
604 E. Fourth St.
Chaska , MN 55318
952-361-1564
bwolfe@co.carver.mn.us

Important Note:  Carver County Library is not responsible for the content or accuracy of the information provided on external websites. The inclusion of a link does not constitute an endorsement by the library of that website.