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Sunday 12/24 and Monday 12/25 all library locations will be closed for Christmas.

Law Library Overview

The Law Library is a branch of the Carver County Public Library and is staffed by a trained law librarian who can assist you, but cannot provide legal advice. 

Located in the lower level of the Carver County Government Center, Judicial Building, the Law Library is open to the public Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30.

The law librarian is available Tuesday-Friday 8:00-4:30. Call 952-361-1564 or email.

Brenda Wolfe, Law Library Manager
Carver County Law Library
Carver County Government Center, 604 E. Fourth St., Chaska , MN 55318
952-361-1564

LEGAL HELP

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network Metro-area Legal Advice Clinics:  Listing of free regularly scheduled legal advice clinics for assistance with various areas of the law including bankruptcy, immigration, family, and housing court matters. 
  •  Volunteer Lawyers Network- Free Phone Advice: Financially eligible clients in Carver, Hennepin, or Scott Counties may set up a free 20 minute phone consultation with a family law attorney.
  • VLN Free Help with Answering a Summons and Complaint:  Phone advice for help with answering a Civil Summons and Complaint. Must meet eligibility guidelines.
  • Minnesota Court Forms:  Numerous fill-in-the-blank court forms with instructions are available for those representing themselves in court including divorce, child support, child custody, parenting time, criminal expungement, name change, and conciliation court matters.
  • State of Minnesota Self-Help Center Services:  A Self-Help phone line and computer are available in the Law Library for phone assistance and online information regarding court forms, procedures, and legal resources   You can also get help from the Self-Help Center by email or by phone at 651-259-3888 Monday- Friday, 8:30 AM-3:00 PM.
  • LawHelpMN.org: General information about legal rights, the courts, and legal forms organized by subject.
  • MLAO:  Volunteer lawyers answer legal questions via an online form.  Must financially qualify.

COURT RECORDS

  • Minnesota Court Records Search:  Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS) includes state district court and appellate case information for public viewing, including register of actions, calendars, and judgments, in criminal and civil matters. Please note: The courthouse public access terminals located in the Law Library provide the most complete access to electronic case records.  Only courthouse terminals give users access to full-text documents.  Printing fees are $10 per document.  Certified documents are $16.
  • Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Public Record Search: Public data maintained by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
  • Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER):  This electronic public access service allows users to obtain full-text case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy courts. Electronic access is available by registering with the PACER Service Center.

LAW LIBRARY GOVERNANCE

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

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.