Minnesota State Law Library
The Law Library keeps copies of briefs from published decisions of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Minnesota Court of Appeals. Because of their size, these documents are not included in our photocopy service. Patrons may use the photocopiers in the library at a cost of $0.20 per page. Most briefs may also be checked out (a deposit may be required.) Beginning with cases reported in 705 N.W. 2nd, full text pdf copies of select civil case briefs are available on our website. More information about our briefs collection can be found here.
We are often asked for examples of informal briefs. These can be found by using the search page. Select the radio button for Issues in Minnesota Briefs and use the word "informal" (without the quotation marks) as your search term. A caveat about informal briefs: Informal briefs are almost always submitted by non-attorneys and vary greatly in the level of skill and care with which they have been prepared. There is no one right way to format an informal brief. See Rule 128 of the Rules of Appellate Procedure for the rules for formatting briefs.
Recordings of oral arguments have traditionally been for the official use of the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court only. The tapes were kept until the opinion was released and then they were recycled. This is still true for the Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court, however, began streaming oral arguments via the Internet in September of 2005. They are archived online at http://www.tpt.org/courts/.
DISCLAIMER: As librarians and not lawyers, we can suggest resources but cannot give legal advice (such as which form to file), or legal opinions, (such as how a statute might apply to particular facts.) To do so could be considered the unauthorized practice of law. Even though we try to suggest materials that will be of help, further research is usually required to find a complete and correct answer. For many questions, the best answer may be to consult an attorney. For links to resources on finding an attorney, see http://www.lawlibrary.state.mn.us/selfhelp.html#atty.
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