Criminal Proceedings

The Otter Tail County Attorney’s Office seeks to obtain justice and provide information to those who have been victims or witnesses of a crime by bringing criminal cases against individuals or corporations accused of committing a crime.There are three major classifications of crimes: felonies, gross misdemeanors, and misdemeanors. 

Overview of the Court System  


The Minnesota Judicial Branch is made up of three levels of courts: district courts, the court of appeals, and the Supreme Court. The district court operates in county courthouses across the state and has general jurisdiction to hears cases ranging in severity from traffic violations to murder trials.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals reconsiders decisions of the district courts if the defendant is unsatisfied with the outcome. A panel reviews the district court record to see if any errors were committed in the original court proceedings. If errors were identified, the court can affirm the district court’s ruling, reverse the decision or remand the case by sending it back for a new trial or proceeding.

The Minnesota Supreme Court is the highest state court which hears appeals from the Court of Appeals. This court seeks to clarify important legal issues, resolve statutory conflicts, and answer constitutional questions.

 MN Court System

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