Not all court cases heard in Minnesota are heard in state courts; some are heard in Federal courts located in Minnesota.
Federal Courts have jurisdiction over:
There are two types of Federal courts, U.S. District Courts and U.S. Circuit Courts. The circuit courts hear appeals on U.S. District Court cases.
Federal court records are not available at the Minnesota Historical Society Library.
The Federal court records are primarily case files. Case files are arranged numerically by the docket number assigned when the case was filed.. Transcripts are seldom part of the file.
Other available records may include:
Many historical records for Federal courts located in Minnesota are archived at the National Archives, some at the Kansas City branch and others at the National Archives Chicago location. These records are among the holdings of the National Archives court records. Federal court records are Record Group 21, and the records for Minnesota are Record Group 21.25.
Gale Family Library
Minnesota Historical Society Library
Located on the Second Floor of the Minnesota History Center
345 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Thursday to Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday to Wednesday: Closed