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GENERAL RULES OF PRACTICE

Rule 507.Statement of Claim and Counterclaim; Contents; Verification

(a)Claim; Verification; Contents.

Each statement of claim and each counterclaim shall be made in the form approved by the court and shall contain a brief statement of the amount and nature of the claim, including relevant dates, and the name and address of the plaintiff and the defendant. The court administrator shall assist with the completion of the statement of claim and counterclaim upon request. Each statement of claim and each counterclaim shall also be signed under penalty of perjury by the party, or the lawyer representing the party pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 358.116, provided that the signature is affixed immediately below a declaration using substantially the following language: "I declare under penalty of perjury that everything I have stated in this document is true and correct." In addition to the signature, the date of signing and the county and state where the document was signed shall be noted on the document.

(b)Uniform Statement of Claim or Counterclaim; Acceptance by Court.

A statement of claim or counterclaim in the uniform form as published by the state court administrator shall be accepted by any conciliation court administrator when properly completed and filed with the applicable fees, if any.

(Amended effective January 1, 2010; amended effective July 1, 2015.)

1993 Committee Comment

Rule 507(b) requires that all courts accept a statement of claim or counterclaim properly completed on the form set forth in the appendix. Rule 507(a) authorizes a court to tailor the forms that it makes available to litigants for use in that court or to approve forms prepared by the litigants. This rule allows both the court and the litigants to benefit from increased efficiency through the use of various preprinted forms and word processor or computer generated forms. Courts using tailored forms cannot, however, reject a statement of claim or counterclaim properly completed on the form set forth in the appendix.

Advisory Committee Comment - 2009 Amendment

Rule 507, 508, and 518 are amended to remove Forms UCF-8, UCF-9, UCF-10, UCF-22, and 508.1 from the rules and to correct the reference to the forms in the rule. This amendment will allow for the maintenance and publication of the forms by the state court administrator. The forms, together with other court forms, can be found at http://www.mncourts.gov.

Forms UCF-8, UCF-9, UCF-10, UCF-22, and 508.1 should be deleted from the rules and maintained in the future on the court's Web site.