The structure of the Minnesota judicial system is laid out in Article VI of the state Constitution. The state court system is made up of the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota District Courts, and various Courts of limited jurisdiction.
The federal court system is made up of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and the District of Minnesota Bankruptcy Court. Appeals from these courts are heard in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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There are 87 counties in Minnesota. Each county is served by one of 10 District Courts.
To see a list of counties in Minnesota, please see - Minnesota counties
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Latest election results: Minnesota judicial elections, 2012
Judges in Minnesota are selected in non-partisan primary and general elections. The two candidates who receive the greatest number of votes in the primary advance to the general election.
Midterm vacancies are filled by gubernatorial appointment.
Term - 6 years
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