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488A.18 Establishment; jurisdiction; powers; appeals.

Subdivision 1. Establishment confirmed. There is hereby created a Municipal Court of Ramsey county with the jurisdiction and powers hereinafter stated.

Subd. 2. Court of record. The court is a court of record with an administrator and a seal.

Subd. 3. Powers of court. Except as otherwise provided in this act, the court has all the powers of the district court of this state. It may issue all civil and criminal process necessary or proper to enforce and effectuate its jurisdiction and determinations.

Subd. 4. Civil jurisdiction. (a) Excepting cases involving title to real estate, the court has jurisdiction to hear, try and determine civil actions at law in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs. The territorial jurisdiction of the court is coextensive with the geographic boundaries of the county of Ramsey.

(b) The court also has jurisdiction, within the limitations provided in this subdivision, to hear, try and determine civil actions commenced by a plaintiff, resident of Ramsey county, where the action arose out of alleged negligent operation of a motor vehicle in Ramsey County, notwithstanding that the defendant or defendants are not residents of the county. Notwithstanding any law or rule of civil procedure to the contrary, the summons in the action may be served anywhere within the state of Minnesota.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of clause (a) or any rule of court to the contrary, the Municipal Court of Ramsey County has jurisdiction to determine an action brought pursuant to section 504B.178 for the recovery of a deposit on rental property located in whole or in part in Ramsey County, and the summons in the action may be served anywhere within the state of Minnesota.

Subd. 5. Repealed, 1973 c 708 s 37

Subd. 6. Eviction or unlawful removal or exclusion. Whether or not the title to real estate is involved, the court has jurisdiction of actions of eviction or actions for unlawful removal or exclusion pursuant to section 504B.375, involving land located wholly or in part within Ramsey County and, notwithstanding any provision of subdivision 8 to the contrary, of actions seeking relief for code violations pursuant to sections 504B.185 and 504B.381 to 504B.471 involving premises located wholly or partly within Ramsey County.

Subd. 7. Criminal jurisdiction. The court has jurisdiction to hear, try and determine any charge of violation within Ramsey County of:

(1) a criminal law of this state constituting a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor and any offense of this state which constitutes a petty misdemeanor;

(2) any ordinance, charter provision, rule or regulation of any subdivision of government in the county of Ramsey; or

(3) any ordinance, charter provision, rule or regulation of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission;

(4) any ordinance, rule or regulation of the regents of the University of Minnesota.

Subd. 8. Exceptions to jurisdiction. The court does not have jurisdiction:

(a) of any action where the relief asked for is purely equitable in its nature;

(b) of an action for divorce;

(c) to issue any extraordinary writ; nor

(d) to issue any order in proceedings supplementary to execution.

Subd. 9. Service. All civil and criminal process and orders may be served and enforced anywhere within the state of Minnesota.

Subd. 10. Place of holding court. The county of Ramsey shall provide suitable quarters for the holding of regular terms of court at all places where court sessions are conducted.

Subd. 11. Continuous terms. The court shall be in continuous session and deemed open at all times except Sundays and legal holidays.

Subd. 12. Repealed, 1977 c 432 s 49

Subd. 13. Trial of criminal actions. All charges of misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, petty misdemeanors and ordinance violations shall be tried in the municipality where the alleged violation occurred. If there is no court located in the municipality, then the trial of the charges shall take place at the nearest place of holding court. In addition to any daytime arraignments as the court may establish, traffic and criminal arraignments shall be held at least once each week in the evening after 7:00 p.m. if so requested by the governing body of a city in which a court is situated as provided by Laws 1973, chapter 708 by a resolution filed with the administrator of court.

Subd. 14. Appeals. Appeals from the county municipal court to the Court of Appeals shall be subject to the Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Subd. 15. Removal to district court. Whenever a counterclaim in excess of $6,000 is asserted, an equitable defense interposed, or it shall otherwise appear that the court is without jurisdiction in a cause pending therein, the fact shall be recorded, and the court administrator shall transmit to the court administrator of the district court a certified transcript of the record and all papers filed in the case. Thereafter the cause shall proceed to judgment in the district court as if it had there been commenced, and the costs shall abide the event.

HIST: 1961 c 436 s 1; 1965 c 695 s 1; 1967 c 747 s 1; Ex1971 c 27 s 36; 1973 c 360 s 2; 1973 c 421 s 8; 1973 c 611 s 4; 1973 c 708 s 1-4,36; 1974 c 397 s 1,2,16; 1975 c 410 s 8; 1977 c 129 s 5; 1977 c 432 s 36,37; 1979 c 56 s 9; 1979 c 95 s 2; 1982 c 398 s 15-18; 1983 c 247 s 181; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 82; 1987 c 346 s 15; 1992 c 468 s 1; 1999 c 199 art 2 s 26,27; 2003 c 2 art 2 s 13