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Rule 1.Scope of Rules

These rules govern access to the records of all courts and court administrators of the judicial branch of the state of Minnesota. They do not govern access to records of the Tax Court or the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals, which are part of the executive branch of the state. In addition, these rules do not govern access to records of the various Boards or Commissions of the Supreme Court as they are governed by independent rules promulgated or approved by the Supreme Court. A partial list of Boards and Commissions is set forth in Appendix A.

Finally, except as provided in Rule 4, subdivision 1(b) with respect to case records, these rules do not govern access to records of judicial branch court services departments or probation authorities. Access to these records is governed by Minnesota Statutes, section 13.84, and any successor, and other applicable court rules and statutes.

Nothing in these rules shall affect the disposition of records as authorized by Minnesota Statutes, section 138.17, or any successor or prevent the return of documents or physical objects to any person or party in accordance with a court rule or order.

(Amended effective July 1, 2005.)

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