253B.23 GENERAL PROVISIONS.
Subdivision 1. Costs of hearings.
(a) In each proceeding under this chapter the court shall
allow and order paid to each witness subpoenaed the fees and mileage prescribed by law; to each
examiner a reasonable sum for services and for travel; to persons conveying the patient to the place
of detention, disbursements for the travel, board, and lodging of the patient and of themselves and
their authorized assistants; and to the patient's counsel, when appointed by the court, a reasonable
sum for travel and for the time spent in court or in preparing for the hearing. Upon the court's
order, the county auditor shall issue a warrant on the county treasurer for payment of the amounts
allowed, excluding the costs of the examiner, which must be paid by the state courts.
(b) Whenever venue of a proceeding has been transferred under this chapter, the costs of
the proceedings shall be reimbursed to the county where the proceedings were conducted by
the county of the patient's residence.
Subd. 1a.[Repealed, 1997 c 217 art 1 s 118
Subd. 2. Legal results of commitment status.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this
chapter and in sections
, no person by reason of commitment or treatment
pursuant to this chapter shall be deprived of any legal right, including but not limited to the
right to dispose of property, sue and be sued, execute instruments, make purchases, enter into
contractual relationships, vote, and hold a driver's license. Commitment or treatment of any
patient pursuant to this chapter is not a judicial determination of legal incompetency except to the
extent provided in section
253B.03, subdivision 6
(b) Proceedings for determination of legal incompetency and the appointment of a guardian
for a person subject to commitment under this chapter may be commenced before, during, or after
commitment proceedings have been instituted and may be conducted jointly with the commitment
proceedings. The court shall notify the head of the treatment facility to which the patient is
committed of a finding that the patient is incompetent.
(c) Where the person to be committed is a minor or owns property of value and it appears to
the court that the person is not competent to manage a personal estate, the court shall appoint a
general conservator of the person's estate as provided by law.
Subd. 3. False reports.
Any person who willfully makes, joins in, or advises the making
of any false petition or report, or knowingly or willfully makes any false representation for the
purpose of causing the petition or report to be made or for the purpose of causing an individual
to be improperly committed under this chapter, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. The attorney
general or the attorney general's designee shall prosecute violations of this section.
Subd. 4. Immunity.
All persons acting in good faith, upon either actual knowledge or
information thought by them to be reliable, who act pursuant to any provision of this chapter or
who procedurally or physically assist in the commitment of any individual, pursuant to this
chapter, are not subject to any civil or criminal liability under this chapter. Any privilege otherwise
existing between patient and physician, patient and psychologist, patient and examiner, or patient
and social worker, is waived as to any physician, psychologist, examiner, or social worker who
provides information with respect to a patient pursuant to any provision of this chapter.
Subd. 5. Habeas corpus.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to abridge the right
of any person to the writ of habeas corpus.
Subd. 6. Court commissioner.
The Ramsey County court commissioner may hear and
act upon petitions for commitment.
Subd. 7. Appeal.
The commissioner or any other aggrieved party may appeal to the Court of
Appeals from any order entered under this chapter as in other civil cases. Any district court order
or judgment under this chapter or related case law may be appealed within 60 days after the date of
filing of the order or entry of judgment. A judgment under section
253B.18, subdivision 1
, may be
appealed within 60 days after the date of the order entered under section
253B.18, subdivision 2
Upon perfection of the appeal, the return shall be filed forthwith. The Court of Appeals
shall hear the appeal within 90 days after service of the notice of appeal. This appeal shall not
suspend the operation of the order appealed from until the appeal is determined, unless otherwise
ordered by the Court of Appeals.
Subd. 8. Transcripts.
For purposes of taking an appeal or petition for habeas corpus or for a
judicial determination of mental competency or need for commitment, transcripts of commitment
proceedings, or portions of them, shall be made available to the parties upon written application to
the court. Upon a showing by a party that the party is unable to pay the cost of a transcript, it shall
be made available at no expense to the party. The state courts shall pay the cost of the transcript.
Subd. 9. Sealing of records.
Upon a motion by a person who has been the subject of a judicial
commitment proceeding, the court may seal all judicial records of the commitment proceedings if
it finds that access to the records creates undue hardship for the person. The county attorney shall
be notified of the motion and may participate in the hearings. All hearings on the motion shall be
in camera. The files and records of the court in proceedings on the motion shall be sealed except
to the moving party, the person's attorney, the county attorney, or other persons by court order.
History: 1982 c 581 s 23; 1983 c 247 s 107; 1983 c 251 s 26; 1983 c 348 s 14; 1986 c 444;
1987 c 363 s 13; 1990 c 378 s 3; 1993 c 60 s 1; 1993 c 302 s 1; 1994 c 618 art 1 s 29; 1Sp1994 c
1 art 2 s 30; 1995 c 189 s 8; 1996 c 277 s 1; 1997 c 217 art 1 s 112-116; 1998 c 376 s 4; 1999 c
61 s 1; 1999 c 216 art 7 s 19,20; 2005 c 10 art 4 s 12; 2006 c 221 s 1