Minnesota Court of Appeals
|Minnesota Court of Appeals|
|Method:||Non-partisan election of judges|
It is the responsibility of the court of appeals to provide citizens with prompt and deliberate review of all final decisions of the trial courts, state agencies and local governments. Exceptions to this, which go directly to the Minnesota Supreme Court, are appeals from the Minnesota Tax Court, the Minnesota Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals, first-degree murder cases and statewide election contests.
As part of the court's effort to expedite justice and to make access to the appellate system less burdensome and expensive, the court's 19 judges sit in three-judge panels and travel to locations throughout Minnesota to hear oral arguments, which are open to the public. They serve six-year terms.
|Judge Randolph Peterson||1990-2016||Gov. Rudy Perpich|
|Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks||1998-Present||Gov. Arne Carlson|
|Judge Natalie Hudson||2002–2017||Gov. Jesse Ventura|
|Judge Renee Worke||2005-2018||Gov. Tim Pawlenty|
|Judge Kevin Ross||2006-2020||Gov. Tim Pawlenty|
|Judge Heidi Schellhas||2008-2017||Gov. Tim Pawlenty|
|Judge Francis Connolly||2008–2017||Gov. Tim Pawlenty|
|Judge Matthew Johnson||2008–2017||Gov. Tim Pawlenty|
|Judge Michelle Ann Larkin||2008-2017||Gov. Tim Pawlenty|
|Judge Louise Bjorkman||2008-2017||Gov. Tim Pawlenty|
|Judge Lawrence Stauber||2008-2017||Gov. Tim Pawlenty|
|Judge Carol A. Hooten||6/1/2012-2020||Gov. Mark Dayton|
|Chief judge Edward J. Cleary||2011-2020||Gov. Mark Dayton|
|Judge Denise D. Reilly||2014-Present||Gov. Mark Dayton|
|Judge at-large John R. Rodenberg||2011-2020||Gov. Mark Dayton|
|Judge Michael Kirk||2012-2020||Gov. Mark Dayton|
|Judge at-large John P. Smith||2012-2020||Gov. Mark Dayton|
|Judge at-large Margaret Chutich||2011-2020||Gov. Mark Dayton|
|Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.||2014-Present||Gov. Mark Dayton|
The court of appeals' decisions are the final ruling in about 95 percent of the 2,000 to 2,400 appeals filed every year. Typically, about five percent of the court's decisions are accepted by the Minnesota Supreme Court for further review.
Each judge participates in about 300 cases each year. The judges also share responsibility for hundreds of special term opinions and orders on motions and petitions filed with the court. The court of appeals issues a published, unpublished or order opinion on each case it considers.
By law, the court must issue a decision within 90 days after oral arguments. If no oral argument is held, a decision is due within 90 days of the case's scheduled conference date. This deadline is the shortest imposed on any appellate court in the nation. The court expedites decisions on child custody cases, mental health commitments and other matters in which the parties request accelerated response.
- Minnesota Supreme Court
- News: Chutich and Rodenberg appointed to Minnesota Court of Appeals, December 28, 2011