EVICTION LAWS AND PROCEDURES are creations of statute and can be complex and confusing. Although Hennepin and Ramsey Counties have judges/referees that specialize in this area, for much of the state, judges preside over eviction cases with little or no prior experience.
In the complex world of housing court and eviction laws there are 12 basic rules that govern the vast majority of all landlord initiated eviction cases.
For any District Court Judge that regularly presides over an eviction calendar, these are the 12 rules that judges (and all housing court attorneys – and parties) SHOULD know.
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QUESTION: What is the 2014 Domestic Violence Firearm Act (HF 3238, Session Law Chapter 213, also called the Firearms Transfer/Surrender Act) and what do Minnesota judges need to know in order to comply with its mandatory provisions? Enactment of the new law has generated a great deal of confusion among court administration, attorneys and the bench.
ANSWER: The Firearms Transfer Act is a new series of laws that went into effect on August 1, 2014. The act requires defendants convicted of certain domestic violence offenses or persons subject to an Order for Protection (OFP) or Domestic Child Abuse No Contact orders to “Transfer or Surrender Firearms” during the time they are prohibited from possessing firearms (i.e. period of probation or length of the no contact order). The act makes it MANDATORY for judges to order the “Transfer or Surrender” of firearms if the act applies.
This Update will hopefully simplify the new law by breaking it down into 8 facts that explains what judges and attorneys need to know in order to comply with the mandatory provisions of the Act.
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