What is a Clerk’s Office?
In Minnesota, there are four offices you can visit in Duluth, Fergus Falls, Minneapolis and St. Paul.
If you've been considering filing bankruptcy in Carver, Ramsey, Anoka or St. Paul, you've doubtless come across the term “Clerk's Office.” Still, you may not be fully aware about what kinds of services are available to the public at these locations.
The main function of the Clerk's Office staff is to support the court by:
• Collecting authorized fees
• Entering judgments and orders
• Issuing process and writs
• Maintaining case-related documents
• Sending notices
• Setting hearings
• Signing ministerial orders.
As a Minnesota resident, you can rely on these offices to provide you bankruptcy information explaining the filing requirements set forth by the court and texts of bankruptcy rules or statutes that may apply to your case. Your local office may also be able to help you find legal or credit counseling that you can use to make the best decision for your financial future.
Under current law, however, there are certain things your Clerk's Office is not able to do. This includes making any statements that could be considered legal advice. While there isn't a precise definition on what constitutes this action, the representatives of these offices will not present a claim or defense in court or advise you on the merits of any court claim or law that would be applicable to it.
In Minnesota, there are four offices you can visit in Duluth, Fergus Falls, Minneapolis and St. Paul. To find out which county Clerk's Office you can take advantage of, visit the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's District of Minnesota website. From here, you'll see links for the respective offices in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Opening a link will provide you with information on the office's hours, directions and maps and a helpful list of the counties that it serves.