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For first time, five female chief judges in Minnesota district courts

Tuesday, June 27, 2017  
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Minnesota Judicial Branch

In 1991, Minnesota became the first state in the nation to have a female majority on its highest court, when the honorable Sandra S. Gardebring was appointed as the fourth female justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. On July 1, Minnesota will reach a new milestone, as, for the first time in state history, five of the state’s 10 judicial districts will be overseen by female chief judges.
 
By state statute, Minnesota’s 87 district courts are organized into 10 judicial districts for administrative purposes. One district court judge in each judicial district is elected as a chief judge by the bench for a two-year term, and is responsible for management of the entire judicial district. Chief judges can serve two consecutive two-year terms.

Today, 43% of the state’s district court judges are female (125 of 291 judgeships), 53% of the judges on the Minnesota Court of Appeals are female (10 of 19 judges), and 57% of the justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court are female (4 of 7 justices).
 
On July 1, new and reelected chief judges will assume their positions in the state’s five odd-numbered judicial districts:  Minn Chief Judges


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