A civil commitment proceeding under this law is initiated by the county attorney and is filed in the county where the proposed patient resides or is present. If the proposed patient is an inmate of a state prison, the petition may be filed in the county where the proposed patient was convicted.
Alternatively, the petition may be heard by a member of a specialized statewide panel of district judges established by the Minnesota Supreme Court to preside over commitment proceedings of sexually dangerous persons. (Although authorized to create such a panel, the supreme court has not done so to date.) Minn. Stat. § 253B.185.
CREDIT: The content of this and any related posts has been copied or adopted from the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department’s Information Brief, Sex Offenders and Predatory Offenders: Minnesota Criminal and Civil Regulatory Laws, written by Legislative Analyst Jeffrey Diebel.
This post is also part of a series of posts on Minnesota Criminal and Civil Regulatory Laws Regarding Sex Offenders and Predatory Offenders.