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The Minnesota Judicial Branch has posted a 16-chapter video tutorial on how to file for a criminal record expungement.

Bar Buzz: Criminal expungement—the movie

Jeff Shorba

Jeff Shorba

In its ongoing effort to assist pro se litigants, the Minnesota Judicial Branch has posted a 16-chapter video tutorial on how to file for a criminal record expungement.

The branch’s 16 YouTube videos, which total a little more than 45 minutes of content, appear to have been posted in June and updated in October. The Judicial Branch publicized them in a Nov. 5 press release.

The episodes explain how to complete forms while instructing viewers on what to expect during the expungement petition process. They include a step-by-step breakdown of petition form questions, instructions for filing a proposed order and tips for scheduling a hearing, among other topics.

The videos, narrated in plain language, are between one and seven minutes long.

“The criminal record expungement video is an example of how the Minnesota Judicial Branch is working to create new and innovative tools to assist self-represented litigants,” said State Court Administrator Jeff Shorba said in the Nov. 5 press release. “We are committed to helping Minnesotans understand court processes so they can move efficiently through the courts.”

Earlier this year, the Judicial Branch also released a “Guide & File” online tool and “fillable smart forms” to assist self-represented litigants.

Last year, the Minnesota Judicial Branch reports, its statewide virtual Self-Help Center handled nearly 23,000 phone calls and answered nearly 4,000 emails.

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