Minnesota

Minnesota in the United States

Legal Materials

Links to Minnesota government agencies statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by Minnesota State Law Library and FindLaw. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis, Westlaw and Loislaw. Subscription services Versuslaw Fastcasehave cases back to 1950; Google Scholar has cases back to 1950 for free. Supreme and appellate court cases are published in West’s North Western Reporter.

To check the status of pending legislation, pull up the bill using the Minnesota Legislature’s Bill Search and Status (instructions available here), then click on “Status of Bill in the House” and “Status of Bill in the Senate.” For questions about Minnesota legislation, call the House Public Information Services (651-296-2146), House Index Office (651-296-6646) or the Senate Information Office (651-296-0504).

To get recordings of Senate Hearings call Media Services for video of select hearings from the past two years (651-296-0264) and Senate Supply for audio of all hearings going back farther (651-296-5720). For the House of Representatives, video of floor sessions (back to 2000) and audio of committee hearings (back to 2004) is available on the House Web site www.house.mn. You can order cassette tapes of older floor sessions and hearings by calling House Public Information (800-657-3550).

The Dunnell Minnesota Digest (available in print and on Lexis) is an encyclopedia of Minnesota law. William S. Hein & Co. publishes a Minnesota Legal Research Guide by Arlette Soderberg and Barbara Golden.

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For copies and/or inter-library loan, try calling InfoNOW (formerly ESTIS) at the University of Minnesota (612-626-3940 or 800-477-6689), or the Hennepin County Law Library (612-348-3022). For questions about Minnesota legal materials, try calling the Hennepin County Law Library (612-348-3022), the Minnesota State Law Library651-296-2775, or the University of Minnesota Law Library (612-625-5526).

For more information, see the Minnesota State Law Library’s Skills Center, which covers a variety of topics related to legal research (e.g., Researching Minnesota Agency Regulations) and public records (e.g. how to get Marriage Certificates and Divorce Decrees).

Note: We linked the resources to archive.org in an effort to decrease the number of broken links cited.

For more U.S. state primary law resources, see:

Topics Covered by the Minnesota Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Minnesota jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Minnesota statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Minnesota Statutes
  • MN Cases & Case Law
  • Minnesota Legal Websites
  • MN State Government Info
  • Minnesota Counties
  • Minnesota Cities
  • Minnesota Legislation MN Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Minnesota Legal Forms
  • Minnesota Courts
  • MN State Bar/Legal Associations
  • Minnesota Law Enforcement
  • Minnesota Media Sources

Resources

See Also

Minnesota: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Minnesota. This part provides references, in relation to Minnesota, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Minnesota by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Minnesota and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Minnesota or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Minnesota and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Minnesota. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Minnesota should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Minnesota when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

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