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Within 20 days after the filing of the petition pursuant to section 590.01 or within such time
as the judge to whom the matter has been assigned may fix, the county attorney, or the attorney
general, on behalf of the state, shall respond to the petition by answer or motion which shall be
filed with the court administrator of district court and served on the petitioner if unrepresented or
on the petitioner's attorney. No further pleadings are necessary except as the court may order. The
court may at any time prior to its decision on the merits permit a withdrawal of the petition, may
permit amendments thereto, and to the answer. The court shall liberally construe the petition and
any amendments thereto and shall look to the substance thereof and waive any irregularities or
defects in form.
History: 1967 c 336 s 3; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 82

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