Topic Updated: October 2019
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Important! Please Read!
UNOFFICIAL RECORDS. The information available on MPA Remote is provided as a service and is not considered an official court record. The Minnesota Judicial Branch does not certify MPA Remote records or search results and is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the data found on MPA Remote. Certified civil judgment search results may be obtained from court administration.
LIMITED CASE RECORD INFORMATION. Case records and calendars are displayed for all Minnesota District (Trial) Courts. The information available on MPA Remote is limited to case search results, registers of action, civil judgments, and court calendars for publicly accessible district court case records, as defined by Rule 4 of the Minnesota Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch. Electronic copies of public documents are not available at this time through MPA Remote.
Remote Access Restrictions: For privacy reasons, the information available on MPA Remote is also limited to remotely accessible information under Rule 8, subd. 2 of the Minnesota Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch. Under this rule, publicly accessible case records available on the MPA Courthouse service (on court public access computers) are not all remotely accessible through MPA Remote on the internet. For example, party street address and name searches on criminal, traffic, and petty misdemeanor pending criminal case records are publicly accessible and available on the MPA Courthouse service, but not on MPA Remote. The federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) also prevents us from displaying harassment and domestic abuse case types on the internet, but these are available through the MPA Courthouse service. Comment fields for all case types also are not available on MPA Remote but are available through the MPA Courthouse service.
You WILL NOT be notified when public data is unavailable for any of these reasons as you are conducting searches in MPA Remote.
Please read these online Policies, Notices & Instructions (located here within this online help system) for important details.
READ Our New LEVEL OF SENTENCE FACT SHEET to Understand How the Level of Sentence is Calculated and Displayed, EFFECTIVE ON SENTENCES ENTERED ON OR AFTER June 1, 2009. Level of Sentence is a new automated feature that calculates and displays the level of sentence on a case based on the sentence imposed by the judge and entered into the case management system. The automation is calculated on the sentence elements and the provisions set forth in M.S. 609.13 and Minn. R. Crim. P. 23.02. For cases sentenced prior to June 1, 2009, the Level of Sentence is not automatically calculated and displayed but should be manually interpreted based on M.S. 609.13 and Minn. R. Crim. P. 23.02, and as further explained in our Level of Sentence Fact Sheet. For sample screen images and a complete discussion of how to read and interpret the Register of Actions and Level of Sentence on a case, see Register of Actions – Level of Sentence (available in the Interpreting Search Results help topic) in MPA Remote Online Help.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT CASE TYPES. In the search results and Register of Actions, the case type is NOT an indicator of the final outcome of the case. For example, the case type may indicate a more serious offense (such as Felony) than the final level of sentence on the case. To determine the outcome of a case, please read the detailed information provided in the Register of Actions and see our instructions on how to interpret Register of Actions information.
MPA REMOTE SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS. Background checks should be conducted through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s (BCA) Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system, which you can access online at https://cch.state.mn.us, at their office located at 1430 Maryland Avenue East in St. Paul, or by calling 651-793-2400 for information. The BCA’s CCH system links prior criminal history through fingerprints to verify the identification of the individual. MPA Remote cannot provide this level of verification.
CAUTION: NAME SEARCHES CAN BE UNRELIABLE. Use caution in evaluating MPA Remote data, because the person for whom you have searched could have the same name, birth date, or other identifiers as another individual. Even if you believe your search has returned the correct match and the information appears to be about the person for whom you have searched, remember that:
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for understanding the meaning of the case record information that you view through MPA Remote and for the appropriate and lawful use of such information. If you have any questions regarding the meaning of case information on MPA Remote, please ask the court clerk of the corresponding district court. You are also responsible for determining whether any case record information previously obtained from MPA Remote is still accurate, current, and complete.
If you see any ERRORS on MPA, please notify the court clerk of the corresponding district court.
WEB BROWSER. Internet Explorer is recommended to use this service (up through Internet Explorer 8.0); however, Firefox and Safari should work as well.
HOURS OF OPERATION. MPA Remote is available 24/7 except during scheduled or emergency maintenance.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THE JUDGMENT
STATUS DISPLAYED IN THE MINNESOTA PUBLC ACCESS (MPA REMOTE) SYSTEM
On Sept. 17, 2018, it was discovered in the unofficial court record that some judgments in a limited number of counties with a status of “Satisfied” were displaying as “Active” or “Inactive” in a Judgment Search Result and in a Register of Action in Minnesota Public Access (MPA) Remote. The information available on MPA Remote is provided as a service and is not considered an official court record. (See Policies and Notices: UNOFFICIAL RECORDS). If you are looking for Judgment Status information, contact for an official record. We regret any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT JUDGMENT SEARCHES CONDUCTED FROM [beginning date unknown] to 09/23/2011: MONEY JUDGMENTS IN PATERNITY CASES WERE NOT RETURNED IN SEARCH RESULTS DURING THIS PERIOD. If you searched for active, inactive, or satisfied judgments during this period, please be advised that your search may have resulted in “no matches returned” or missing judgments when, indeed, there may have been an active, inactive, or satisfied judgment on record in a paternity case. This issue affected only the MNCIS Public Access (MPA) system, including MPA Remote and MPA Courthouse view. It did not affect searches conducted by and/or certified to by court staff because they perform searches through a software application (Odyssey Assistant) that was not affected. Any questions about search results from MPA should be verified via the register of actions or the Court Administrator (see also UNOFFICIAL RECORDS, above). We regret any inconvenience this error may have caused.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT JUDGMENT SEARCH ERRORS CONDUCTED FROM 01/26/2009 TO 07/20/2009. THIS ERROR MAY HAVE CAUSED ERRORS IN JUDGMENT SEARCH LIST RESULTS AND IN THE JUDGMENT DETAIL SECTION. If you searched for active, inactive, or satisfied judgments during this period, please be advised that your search list and the judgment details section may not have displayed all alias names recorded for each debtor. This issue affected only the MNCIS Public Access (MPA) system and did not affect searches conducted and/or certified by court staff because court staff perform searches through a software application (MNCIS Odyssey) that was not affected. Any questions about search results from MPA should be verified via the register of actions or the Court Administrator (see also UNOFFICIAL RECORDS, above). We regret any inconvenience this error may have caused. This error applied to the MPA Remote View and MPA Courthouse View.
The Policies, Notices & Instructions (located within this online help system) and the Frequently Asked Questions are available for online viewing. If you desire to print a help topic, click the Print Page button on the top navigation bar. It is recommended to only print if needed. For your convenience, this online help system is available from the Help link found on every screen within the MPA Remote application. It is indexed and searchable for your convenience.
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