as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 04/06/2010 10:40am
A bill for an act
relating to courts; eliminating the flat fee for uncertified copies of court
documents; authorizing the court administrator to charge actual costs for
uncertified copies; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 357.021,
subdivision 1a; Minnesota Statutes 2009 Supplement, section 357.021,
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 357.021, subdivision 1a, is amended to
Every person, including the state of Minnesota and all bodies politic and corporate, who
shall transact any business in the district court, shall pay to the court administrator of said
court the sundry fees prescribed in subdivision 2. Except as provided in paragraph (d), the
court administrator shall transmit the fees monthly to the commissioner of management
and budget for deposit in the state treasury and credit to the general fund. $30 of each fee
collected in a dissolution action under subdivision 2, new text beginnew text endclause (1), must be
deposited by the commissioner of management and budget in the special revenue fund
and is appropriated to the commissioner of employment and economic development for
the displaced homemaker program under section 116L.96.
(b) In a county which has a screener-collector position, fees paid by a county
pursuant to this subdivision shall be transmitted monthly to the county treasurer, who
shall apply the fees first to reimburse the county for the amount of the salary paid for the
screener-collector position. The balance of the fees collected shall then be forwarded to
the commissioner of management and budget for deposit in the state treasury and credited
to the general fund. In a county in a judicial district under section 480.181, subdivision
1, paragraph (b), which has a screener-collector position, the fees paid by a county shall
be transmitted monthly to the commissioner of management and budget for deposit in
the state treasury and credited to the general fund. A screener-collector position for
purposes of this paragraph is an employee whose function is to increase the collection
of fines and to review the incomes of potential clients of the public defender, in order to
verify eligibility for that service.
(c) No fee is required under this section from the public authority or the party the
public authority represents in an action for:
(1) child support enforcement or modification, medical assistance enforcement, or
establishment of parentage in the district court, or in a proceeding under section 484.702;
(2) civil commitment under chapter 253B;
(3) the appointment of a public conservator or public guardian or any other action
under chapters 252A and 525;
(5) court relief under chapters 260, 260A, 260B, and 260C;
(7) recovery of amounts issued by political subdivisions or public institutions under
sections 246.52, 252.27, 256.045, 256.25, 256.87, 256B.042, 256B.14, 256B.15, 256B.37,
260B.331, and 260C.331, or other sections referring to other forms of public assistance;
(8) restitution under section 611A.04; or
(9) actions seeking monetary relief in favor of the state pursuant to section 16D.14,
(d) $20 from each fee collected for child support modifications under subdivision
2, new text beginnew text endclause (13), must be transmitted to the county treasurer for deposit in
the county general fund and $35 from each fee shall be credited to the state general
fund. The fees must be used by the county to pay for child support enforcement efforts
by county attorneys.
Minnesota Statutes 2009 Supplement, section 357.021, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:
new text beginnew text endThe fees to be charged and collected by the court
administrator shall be as follows:
(1) In every civil action or proceeding in said court, including any case arising
under the tax laws of the state that could be transferred or appealed to the Tax Court, the
plaintiff, petitioner, or other moving party shall pay, when the first paper is filed for that
party in said action, a fee of $310, except in marriage dissolution actions the fee is $340.
The defendant or other adverse or intervening party, or any one or more of several
defendants or other adverse or intervening parties appearing separately from the others,
shall pay, when the first paper is filed for that party in said action, a fee of $310, except in
marriage dissolution actions the fee is $340.
The party requesting a trial by jury shall pay $100.
The fees above stated shall be the full trial fee chargeable to said parties irrespective
of whether trial be to the court alone, to the court and jury, or disposed of without trial,
and shall include the entry of judgment in the action, but does not include copies or
certified copies of any papers so filed or proceedings under chapter 103E, except the
provisions therein as to appeals.
(2) Certified copy of any instrument from a civil or criminal proceeding, $14deleted text begin, and $8
for an uncertified copydeleted text end.
(3) Issuing a subpoena, $16 for each name.
(4) Filing a motion or response to a motion in civil, family, excluding child support,
and guardianship cases, $100.
(5) Issuing an execution and filing the return thereof; issuing a writ of attachment,
injunction, habeas corpus, mandamus, quo warranto, certiorari, or other writs not
specifically mentioned, $55.
(6) Issuing a transcript of judgment, or for filing and docketing a transcript of
judgment from another court, $40.
(7) Filing and entering a satisfaction of judgment, partial satisfaction, or assignment
of judgment, $5.
(8) Certificate as to existence or nonexistence of judgments docketed, $5 for each
name certified to.
(9) Filing and indexing trade name; or recording basic science certificate;
or recording certificate of physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, veterinarians, or
(10) For the filing of each partial, final, or annual account in all trusteeships, $55.
(11) For the deposit of a will, $27.
(12) For recording notary commission, $100, of which, notwithstanding subdivision
1a, paragraph (b), $80 must be forwarded to the commissioner of management and budget
to be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the general fund.
(13) Filing a motion or response to a motion for modification of child support,
a fee of $100.
(14) All other services required by law for which no fee is provided, such fee
as compares favorably with those herein provided, or such as may be fixed by rule or
order of the court.
(15) In addition to any other filing fees under this chapter, a surcharge in the
amount of $75 must be assessed in accordance with section 259.52, subdivision 14, for
each adoption petition filed in district court to fund the fathers' adoption registry under
The fees in clauses (3) and (5) need not be paid by a public authority or the party
the public authority represents.
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