Minnesota State Law Library
There are several ways to find cases from the appellate level courts involving a particular party. For published decisions, West's digests, such as West's Minnesota Digest, contain a Table of Cases listing both defendants and plaintiffs. Pay services such as Lexis and Westlaw have the ability to search by a party's name and include unpublished as well as published opinions. (Lexis and Westlaw are available for public use at no charge in the Law Library.) All Minnesota appellate court opinions from May 2, 1996 forward can be searched online. The Advanced search feature lets you search for words specifically in the title field where the parties names would be located.
The Clerk of Appellate Courts keeps the dockets for the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court cases that have not yet been decided. Appellate case information may be viewed online using the P-MACS case management system.
Decisions of the trial courts in Minnesota are not published. To find cases in the trial (district) courts, try the public access to case records system, or contact the court administrator's office.
Related Topics: Case Reports by Citation; Case Reports, Free Online Sources; Unpublished Decisions.
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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