Resources for pro se parties, people representing themselves in court:
- LawHelpMN.org – Understand your legal issues, solve your legal problem. Search by topic to find resources including general information, your legal rights, the law and the courts, legal forms & more. All information is specific to Minnesota and is offered in several different languages.
- Olmsted County Law Library – Resources to help pro se parties (people that are representing themselves, without the help of a lawyer) including free legal advice clinics.
- Minnesota Attorney General
Family and Social Services
- Olmsted County Social Services Connect with a variety of services offered to help children, adults, and families living in Olmsted County.
- United Way of Olmsted County – The UWOC offers a variety of resources for people living in Olmsted County. Call “2-1-1” to find out what resources might be available to you.
- Family Services Rochester – A community services agency that offers a variety of services for children, families, adults, older adults, people with disabilities, and for specific cultures including services for families with serious child welfare and/or family violence concerns such as child maltreatment, child welfare, children’s mental health, and domestic violence.
- Family Access Center – A program offered by Family Services of Rochester, the family access center offers a safe and secure setting for children to maintain relationships with parents and other significant adults. Trained staff provide supervised visitation, monitored visitation and supervised exchanges.
- Mediation and Conflict Solutions works with people from across southeast Minnesota who want to solve their own issues efficiently and effectively, without using the formal court system, in a safe and unbiased environment, voluntarily, without filing a lawsuit. Mediation is a method of “alternative dispute resolution” that does not involve lawyers, courthouse visits, high fees, or long delays. Our trained mediators don’t take sides and don’t judge you; and they won’t defend anyone’s opinions or actions. They simply and effectively help you solve your own problem!
Other Legal Resources:
- Minnesota Legal Services Coalition – An association of seven Minnesota regional legal services programs. Formed to enhance cooperation and coordination, MLSC supports the regional programs that help low-income Minnesotans with a broad range of civil legal matters.
- Minnesota Human Rights – The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) is a neutral state agency that investigates charges of illegal discrimination, ensures that businesses seeking state contracts are in compliance with equal opportunity requirements, and strives to eliminate discrimination by educating Minnesotans about their rights and responsibilities under the state Human Rights Act.
- Public Defenders – An organization that represents people who can’t afford an attorney in their criminal case.
- Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services – Provides free legal assistance to low income people regarding education, housing, citizenship, and youth victims of domestic violence