Examiner of Titles

Examiner of Titles

ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE HEARINGS

 

Starting immediately, the Anoka County Examiner of Titles office will begin scheduling Order to Show Cause hearings.

 

Hearings will continue to be held on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.

 

Please be aware:   processing times will be prolonged due to working remotely; consider this when selecting a hearing date.

 

Anoka County Order to Show Cause hearing forms are located on our website:  https://www.anokacounty.us/3207/Proceedings-Subsequent-to-Initial-Regist

 

PLEASE NOTE THESE CHANGES:

 

  • We are limiting the number of Order to Show Cause hearings held on each date to four (4).   Verify available hearings dates by visiting our website:  https://www.anokacounty.us/3973/Order-to-Show-Cause-Hearing-Dates.  Please have a back-up date in the event the date you’ve chosen is already full.
  • NEW LOCATION:  Order to Show Cause hearings will be held in Room 160 of the Anoka County Government Center.
  • Please be aware of these mandatory Anoka County and 10th Judicial District Court COVID-19 procedures:
  • Masks are required at all times within the Anoka County Government Center; masks will be provided if needed.*
  • Sanitize your hands when entering and leaving the Government Center building; hand sanitizing stations are provided near every entrance/exit.
  • Maintain social distancing; keep at least 6 feet [360°] away from others.
  • Surfaces will be disinfected between each hearing.
  • If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19) within 14 days of when you need to enter the Government Center facility, contact us (or your attorney) as soon as possible, rather than coming to the hearing.  Symptoms to self-screen for:  chills, cough, muscle pain, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, or new loss of taste or smell; the hearing will need to be rescheduled. 

*   A person claiming that a health condition prevents them from wearing a face covering must present written medical documentation that the health condition prevents the person from wearing a face covering (a face shield will be provided). 


Temporary Office Procedures

In response to the statewide peacetime declaration of emergency, the Examiner of Titles has adopted the following temporary procedures.

Document Approval

Effective May 20, 2020, Anoka County has opened its public-facing services ONLY for the Property Records and Taxation Service Counter, Public Research Room and the Examiner of Titles Office.  The rest of the County offices remain closed.

Property Records and Taxation will continue to accept eRecording packages (including those that require Examiner approval) and paper documents through the mail.  You can still contact Property Records and Taxation at 763-323-5400, Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, visit the website at:  Anokacounty.us or access the Subscription Service if you are a registered subscriber.

If a face-to-face meeting is necessary with the Examiner of Titles staff, appointments are required.  You can reach the Examiner of Titles Office at 763-324-1199 or RS-PropTax-TE@co.anoka.mn.us to set up an appointment.  Phone or email meeting/discussions are preferred.

Directive Requests

The Examiner of Titles will continue to accept directive requests via email (RS-PropTax-TE@co.anoka.mn.us or tracy.ekberg@co.anoka.mn.us) and through the mail when original documents must be submitted.  All completed directives will be returned via mail.


Duties & Responsibilities

The examiner of titles is an attorney appointed by the judges of the District Court to perform judicial, administrative, and legal adviser duties specified in Minnesota Statutes chapter 508, known as the Minnesota Land Registration Act. Pursuant to this act, and by court rules and special orders, the examiner of titles has the following duties:

  • To examine titles and issue reports to the judges of the District Court in initial proceedings to register title to land
  • To examine petitions and to issue reports to the judges of the District Court, in proceedings subsequent to initial registration of land
  • To hear default Torrens cases and those contested cases referred by the court
  • To supervise all Torrens proceedings
  • To issue directives and certifications in administrative proceedings
  • To serve as legal adviser to the registrar of titles

No fees are charged for examiner services (except for Initial Registration). Fees to file a court action or record documents apply.

For recording procedures/questions, property tax information, assessment or questions involving abstract property, please contact PROPTAX@CO.ANOKA.MN.US or 763-323-5400 and speak to a Property Specialist.


Pre-approval of documents

Chapter 508 of Minnesota Statutes provides that certain instruments may not be accepted for filing by the Registrar unless certified by the Examiner (or Deputy Examiner) or pursuant to a Court Order.

The Anoka County Examiner of Titles DOES NOT pre-approve documents before closing.  Documents submitted to the Registrar of Titles are reviewed by the Registrar/Torrens staff and then delivered to the Examiner for approval before recording. 

The Examiner of Titles does not charge any additional fees for approving documents (recording fees do apply).