Minnesota Court of Appeals

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Minnesota Court of Appeals
Court information
Judges:   19
Founded:   1983
Salary:   $143,000[1]
Judicial selection
Method:   Nonpartisan election of judges
Term:   6 years

The Minnesota Court of Appeals, created in 1983, is the intermediate appellate court in Minnesota and was designed to relieve the volume of cases that go to the Minnesota Supreme Court.[2]


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.[3]

JudgeTermAppointed by
Judge Randolph Peterson1990-2016Gov. Rudy Perpich
Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks1998-PresentGov. Arne Carlson
Judge Natalie Hudson2002–2017Gov. Jesse Ventura
Judge Renee Worke2005-2018Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Judge Kevin Ross (Minnesota)2006-2020Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Judge Heidi Schellhas2008-2017Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Judge Francis Connolly2008–2017Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Judge Matthew Johnson2008–2017Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Judge Michelle Ann Larkin2008-2017Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Judge Louise Bjorkman2008-2017Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Judge Lawrence Stauber2008-2017Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Judge Carol A. Hooten6/1/2012-2020Gov. Mark Dayton
Chief judge Edward J. Cleary2011-2020Gov. Mark Dayton
Judge Denise D. Reilly2014-PresentGov. Mark Dayton
Judge at-large John R. Rodenberg2011-2020Gov. Mark Dayton
Judge Michael Kirk2012-2020Gov. Mark Dayton
Judge at-large John P. Smith2012-2020Gov. Mark Dayton
Judge at-large Margaret Chutich2011-2020Gov. Mark Dayton
Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.2014-PresentGov. Mark Dayton

Former judges


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, approximately five percent of the court's decisions are accepted by the Minnesota Supreme Court for further review.

Each judge participates in roughly 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.[2]

Notable cases

See also

External links


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