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Lake of the Woods County belongs to the Ninth Judicial District along with the counties of Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau. The Court Administrator is appointed by the District Judges and is responsible to the District Court Administrator in Bemidji.

The Court Administrator is responsible for administration and record keeping for the Civil, Criminal, Family, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Traffic and Tax Courts. The office files wills and issues warrants, subpoenas and executions on judgments. The office maintains a file of monetary judgments. The Court Administrator’s office works closely with the County Sheriff’s Office and the Social Service Department to insure that court orders and domestic abuse petitions are carried out.

The Court Administrator is present and keeps records at all District Court sessions.

Unpaid Fine?  No Need to Wait in Line!

You may pay many fines online.  Visit: to pay or begin! You will need either your ticket/citation number or your court file number to access your fine. 

Paying By Phone

To pay by credit card, call 1-800-657-3611, or in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area 651-281-3219.  You will need either your ticket/citation number or your court file number to access your fine.  A fee of $1.50 will be collected for paying by credit card. 

Requesting Payment Plan for Payable Citations

You can request a payment plan from the Call Payment Center by calling the number listed above, or by appearing at Lake of the Woods County Court Administration on the court date written on your ticket.

Checking Your Fine Balance

To access your fine account balance online, visit the Minnesota Judicial Branch at: 

  1. Click on “Find Court Records”
  2. Select “Access Trial Court Records”.
  3. Read and accept the terms of use.  This will bring you to the Minnesota Public Access   Remote View.
  4. From the list of options, select Criminal/Traffic/Petty Case Records.
  5. From the Search By drop-down menu, you have the option of searching by Case, Defendant, Citation or Attorney.  If you are search by case number, remember to enter 39 at the beginning.
  6. From your search results, locate and click on the blue hyperlink of the case you want to review.
  7. On the register of actions page, scroll to the bottom of the page to review the Financial information portion of the case for the balance owing.

Please note:  If there is any reference in the “other events and hearings” section of the register of action that the case has been referred to collections you will need to contact Court Administration at 218-634-1451.

When you Need to Appear in Person

You must appear in court at the address location noted on the citation if: 

  1. You wish to plead not guilty.
  2. You wish to plead guilty with an explanation.
  3. You have endangered life or property.  (Box will be checked on the front of the ticket)
  4. The offense you have been charged with requires a court appearance. 

You may elect to plead “Guilty as Charged” to all listed violations, and pay the fine(s) indicated below.  Payment of a fine(s) is deemed to be a “Plea of Guilty.”

NOTE:  It may take up to 30 days for your citation to be entered into the system.

To Pay By Mail

Make check payable to:  Minnesota Court Payment Center.

DO NOT MAIL CASH.  Payment can be mailed to:

Minnesota Court Payment Center

PO Box 898 Willmar, MN  56201

If you would prefer to drop the payment off in person, we can accept payment at Lake Of The Woods County Court Administration during business hours from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Paying No Proof Of Insurance Violations

If you have received a citation for No Proof of Insurance and the vehicle you were driving was insured on the date and time of offense, you must provide proof there was valid coverage on the date of the offense:

A copy of your insurance card or a letter from your insurance agent on their letterhead with the agent’s signature, it must include the name of the insured and the vehicle identification: Year, Make, Model, VIN Number, and must specify that the vehicle you were operating was covered on the offense date and time that you were stopped by an officer.  The information can be faxed to the Court Payment Center at 320-231-6507.  Include a copy of the ticket with your proof of insurance.

If you are also charged with another payable violation, you my mail your payment for the violation along with your proof of insurance to the Minnesota Court Payment Center.

Minnesota Court Payment Center

PO Box 898 Willmar, MN  56201

You may also show your proof of insurance to Lake of the Woods County Court Administration by the due date/court date on your ticket or citation.


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(218) 634-1451

Pamala Shaw
206 8th Ave SE, Suite #250
Baudette, MN 56623

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7:30 - 4:00 P.M.

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As of June 29, 2020 the Lake of the Woods County Government Center and Facilities are open normal hours.

Landfill Hours: 8-4 Monday - Friday and 8-Noon on Saturday and accepting demo now.

Body of Water in Lake of the Woods County