Court Administration

Court Administrator:  Lindsay Listul              

Phone:  (320) 523-3680
Fax:       (320) 523-3689 
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday

8 am to 4:30 pm

Address:  500 East DePue, Olivia, MN 56277    

"To provide justice through a system that assures equal access
for the fair and timely resolution of cases and controversies"

Renville County District Court is one of 13 District Courts in the Eighth Judicial District of the Minnesota Judicial System. There are presently 11 judges serving the Eighth Judicial District and the Honorable Laurence Stratton is currently chambered in Renville County.

Cheryl Bain is the appointed Court Administrator for Renville County. The Court Administrator serves as the Clerk of District Court and as the Jury Commissioner.

The following case types are processed and tried in the District Court:

  • Civil - includes, among others, cases such as lawsuits involving personal injury, property damage, malpractice, employment issues, wrongful death, implied consents, as well as Tax Court. 
    Conciliation Court - more commonly known as Small Claims Court.
  • Criminal - includes processing of complaints for violations of law from minor to major offense types, which includes Petty Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Gross Misdemeanor, and Felony offenses, as well as traffic and parking violations.
  • Family - includes dissolution, custody, support, paternity, domestic abuse, and adoption cases.
  • Juvenile - includes cases involving minors under the age of 18 who are involved in delinquency, termination of parental rights, truancy, status offenses, runaway, and children in need of protection, as well as some traffic offenses.
  • Probate - includes supervised and unsupervised probating of estates of decedents, guardianships of minors and adults, conservatorships, and commitments for mental illness or chemical dependency.

The Court Administrator's duties are to coordinate and schedule the court's calendars; comply with all orders of the court and insure their proper and timely execution; maintain secure custody of all legal records, and carry out all duties and responsibilities mandated by statutes, rules of court, and judicial system policy. The Court Administrator is responsible for personnel management in the Court Administrator's office. The Court Administrator is responsible for all financial aspects of court operations including the collection and receipt of fees, fines, bonds, and escrow funds. The Court Administrator prepares annual budgets for the courts, forecasts revenue and expenditures and monitors budgets on an ongoing basis. The Court Administrator's office maintains statistical data on judicial and administrative activity. The Court Administrator also performs civil marriage ceremonies, having received the duties formerly assigned to the "Justice of the Peace."