IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 (coronavirus):
A Statewide emergency executive order has been issued, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, for all Minnesota Courts. The order establishes temporary procedures for district court cases due to the COVID 19 peacetime emergency. Court facilities will remain open. The court will continue to take filings, however the public is being discouraged from making any non-essential visits to the court facilities at this time. High priority cases will be held, as scheduled, but some medium or low priority cases may be suspended or continued for a period of time. Courts have begun communicating these measures to the parties. (The priorities for the cases are defined by the Court Services Case Priorities list available online at www.mncourts.gov/Emergency.aspx)
The County Attorney’s Office supports prudent and temporary measures to balance public safety and the safety of employees as our State copes with COVID-19.
In each of Minnesota's 87 counties, a County Attorney is elected to handle numerous criminal and civil legal responsibilities. Under Chisago County Attorney Janet Reiter, the Chisago County Attorney's Office employs 9 assistant county attorneys - 5 in the criminal division and 4 in the civil division - who assist in carrying out those duties, as well as paralegals, legal administrative assistants, and victim/witness staff.
The mission of the Chisago County Attorney's Office is to seek justice, promote public safety by prosecuting crime, protecting those in need, and representing the interest of Chisago County.
The Chisago County Attorney's Office serves as chief legal counsel for the Chisago County Board of Commissioners, the various departments established and maintained by the Board of Commissioners and to such committees of the board as appropriate.
The office represents the county before the courts of this state, the United States, and other jurisdictions where authorized. The office also appears on behalf of the county before such agencies, commissions, boards and other organizations before whom the county has business.
The Chisago County Attorney's Office serves as the chief prosecutor for all felony, gross misdemeanors and juvenile offenses committed within Chisago County. In addition, the office prosecutes misdemeanors and petty misdemeanors which occur within the county.
The County Attorney's Office vigorously prosecutes all criminal and juvenile matters within its authority in a manner that ensures due process and equal protections to the victim, the accused and the citizenry at large.
The County Attorney plays an important role in seeking new laws to strengthen law enforcement, criminal justice, child protection, victim's rights, and other areas. The County Attorney also participates in efforts to prevent or reduce crime in the local communities and statewide.
TO REPORT A CRIME, please contact the local law enforcement agency where the crime occurred. The Criminal Division does not represent defendants and cannot provide legal advice to a defendant.