Judicial selection in Minnesota

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Judicial selection in Minnesota
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Minnesota Supreme Court
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   6 years
Minnesota Court of Appeals
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   6 years
Minnesota District Courts
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   6 years

Judges in Minnesota are chosen by the method of non-partisan elections.[1]

Supreme Court

Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court are elected in non-partisan elections to six-year terms.

If a midterm vacancy occurs, it is filled by gubernatorial appointment. Judges must then compete in the next general election more than one year after appointment.

The chief justice of the Supreme Court is elected by the voters.

In order to serve on the court, one must be:

  • "learned in the law"; and
  • under the age of 70.[2]

Court of Appeals

The 16 judges of the Minnesota Court of Appeals are chosen in non-partisan elections to serve six-year terms.

If a midterm vacancy occurs, it is filled by gubernatorial appointment.

The chief judge of the Court of Appeals is chosen by the governor to serve a term of three years.

Qualifications for service are the same as those of the Minnesota Supreme Court. [2]

District Courts

The 289 judges of the Minnesota District Courts are chosen via non-partisan elections to serve six-year terms.

District court vacancies between general elections are filled by gubernatorial appointment after selection by a judicial selection commission. The Commission accepts and reviews applications for vacancies in the judiciary for District Courts. It then recommends applicants to the Governor, who makes an appointment. The new judge must run for office in the next general election, more than one year after being appointed.

The chief judge of these courts are chosen by the other members of the court and serve two-year terms.

The qualifications for serving on the court are the same as on the Minnesota Supreme Court.[2]

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