Technology and Email
From MN Bench Book - Trial Procedures & Practices for Judges
The use of technology and email is encouraged. This is especially so given that the Court is now headed towards e-filing in all Districts. (In fact e-filing is now mandatory in most if not all of the metro districts – Hennepin and Ramsey). E-filing is in place and mandatory for most metro counties and will be in place and mandatory for all counties on July 1, 2016. There are specific issues with e-filing that Judges need to be aware of, but this is a separate topic. Specific training on e-filing is provided by the Court Administration. If additional training is needed it is available.
Email addresses are required in signature blocks.
Courts can now accept documents like affidavits without notarization if they are signed “under penalty of perjury.” The language that needs to be added is “I declare under penalty of perjury that everything I have stated in this document is true and correct.” See Minn. Stat. § 358.116. However, notarization is not barred. Judges are given the discretion to require notarized documents.
There are also several helpful websites available to Judges and their clerks.