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487.27 Divisions.

Subdivision 1. Authority. Subject to the provisions of section 244.19 and rules of the Supreme Court, a county court shall establish a probate division, a family court division, and a civil and criminal division which shall include a conciliation court, and may establish within the civil and criminal division a traffic and ordinance violations bureau.

Subd. 2. Family court division. The family court division shall include all cases and proceedings arising under the Juvenile Court Act of this state and all cases within the jurisdiction of the court arising out of or affecting the family relationship including the civil commitment of persons pursuant to chapter 253B. For the purpose of carrying out the duties of this division, the court, unless otherwise not permitted by law, may utilize the services of the local social services agency and the services provided in section 244.19, to obtain social investigations, reports, recommendations, supervision and other assistance as may be directed by the court.

Subd. 3. Probate division. The probate division shall include all cases and proceedings relating to the administration of estates of deceased persons, of persons under guardianship, and proceedings for the administration of trust estates or actions relating thereto. It shall also include all cases and proceedings relating to the management of the property of persons who have disappeared.

Subd. 4. Civil and criminal division. The civil and criminal division shall consist of all cases and proceedings within the jurisdiction of the court not included in another division.

HIST: 1971 c 951 s 27; 1973 c 679 s 27; 1974 c 447 s 2; 1975 c 263 s 1; 1982 c 581 s 24; 1994 c 631 s 31; 1997 c 239 art 9 s 51

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