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In a jury trial, the decision of guilt or innocence is decided by either 6 or 12 citizens who listen to the evidence and make the decision.
In a court trial, there is no jury present. The judge listens to the evidence and makes the decision.
The judge determines whether or not you qualify for a public defender. You will be required to complete a form. Additionally, the judge may also ask you questions regarding your eligibility for a public defender. There are certain criteria you must meet to be eligible for a public defender. If you qualify, you will know before your case proceeds.
Please call 911 to report crimes in progress or that have just occurred, if you feel your safety is in danger, or if a fire is happening. Our Dispatch staff will help determine the correct response from local police or fire departments.
The non-emergency number for Scott County Sheriff's Dispatch is 952-445-1411. If you're concerned about an issue, Dispatch staff can help determine the proper response.
The Scott County Sheriff's Office dispatches for the following entities (listed alphabetically):
Belle Plaine: 952-873-4307, Monday - Friday 7am - 3:30pm
Elko New Market: 952-461-2711, Monday - Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Jordan: 952-492-2009, Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4pm
Prior Lake: 952-440-3555, Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm
Savage: 952-882-2600, Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm
Shakopee: 952-233-9400, Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Please note that if you call any of these numbers after hours, the phone will roll over to Scott County Sheriff Dispatch.
Contact the Scott County Highway Department at 952-496-8346. If your address marker or post has been damaged or is missing, the Highway Department will replace it. The marker will be placed in the road right of way on the same side of the road as the access to your home or business. For purposes of uniformity, consistency, and safety issues involving utilities in the road right of way, it is not recommended that you attempt to replace your own marker. There is a fee for replacement of a marker and/or post, depending on the materials used.
If you need a copy of an crash/incident report taken by the Sheriff's Office, jail booking records, or other records relating to the Sheriff's Office, you may obtain them from the Sheriff's Records staff or request them online through our Sheriff's Office Data Request Form. You may be charged a minor fee, depending on the length and format of the report. If you are requesting any data that isn't classified as "public," you must provide photo identification to process your request. For more information, visit our Records Division page.
The Sheriff's Office does not maintain marriage, birth, death or other various court records. For vital records, please contact Customer Service at 952-496-8150.
For court records, please contact Court Administration at 952-496-8200.
To obtain reports from city police, please contact the police department that wrote the report.
Neighborhood Watch is a community-based program that has been proven to reduce crime. Residents participating in Neighborhood Watch are given information on crime prevention and ways to improve their home and personal security. They watch for and report suspicious or unusual activity they see occurring in their neighborhood. This program enables law enforcement to be more effective in working with citizens to reduce crime and resolve neighborhood problems.
If the crime is in progress or it is an emergency, call 911. For any information that is not an emergency, please call 952-445-1411 (the Sheriff's Office Dispatch non-emergency number) and your call will be directed to the proper person.
A warrant is commonly issued when a person fails to show for a court appearance when summoned.