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Minnesota State Law Library Legal Topics Directory
by Debby Hackerson - Last Updated Feb 4, 2016
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Court-Related Terms

Glossary of Court-Related Terms

*Information from the Minnesota Judicial Branch web site.


Criminal Law 101


Criminal Code

Minn. Stat. Ch. 609. Criminal Code.  A criminal code contains all, or a significant part of, a state's criminal law.

Minn. Stat. 609.02, subd. 1:  "Crime" means conduct which is prohibited by statute and for which the actor may be sentenced to imprisonment, with or without a fine.

Source:  Office of the Revisor of Statutes


Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's Cover the Following Topics:

Case information & records

Court hearings

Return of property

After the court issues an order

Source:  Fourth District (Hennepin County) FAQs - Criminal Court.  Some of this information will apply to Hennepin County only.



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