Minnesota Supreme Court Decisions

The Minnesota Supreme Court holds its sessions in a chamber in the Minnesota State Capitol or in the Minnesota Judicial Center. In addition to reviewing decisions in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court may review decisions in the Minnesota Tax Court and the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals. It also holds jurisdiction over appeals from the Lawyers’ Professional Responsibility Board and the Board of Judicial Standards. The Court will hear a direct appeal from a trial court only in cases involving first-degree murder or challenges to elections.

Under the Minnesota Constitution, the justices on the Minnesota Supreme Court must be “learned in the law.” No other specific requirements apply. Seven justices serve on the Court, and their terms last for six years. The process of selecting justices involves non-partisan elections. This means that the candidates are not labeled on the ballot according to their affiliation with any political party. If a vacancy arises on the Court, the Governor of Minnesota holds the authority to appoint a replacement justice to fill the seat. A non-partisan election also determines the position of the Chief Justice, who similarly holds that position for six years.

Justices on the Minnesota Supreme Court and other courts in the state must follow the four canons in the Minnesota Code of Judicial Conduct, as well as the sub-rules in each canon. If a justice engages in misconduct, they may face removal through an impeachment proceeding. This requires a majority vote by the Minnesota House of Representatives and a two-thirds vote by the Minnesota Senate. In other cases, the Supreme Court may remove or otherwise discipline a justice upon a recommendation by the Board on Judicial Standards. Justices also may be subject to recall elections.

Browse Opinions From the Minnesota Supreme Court

Recent Decisions From the Minnesota Supreme Court
State v. Taylor  
Date: October 13, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0425

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals holding that a law enforcement officer lawfully expanded the scope of the underlying traffic stop in this case, holding the court of appeals did not err. D...

Thoresen v. State  
Date: October 13, 2021
Docket Number: A20-1221

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court summarily denying Appellant's claims for postconviction relief, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion. After a jury trial, Defendant w...

Bierbach v. Digger's Polaris  
Date: October 13, 2021
Docket Number: A20-1525

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the workers' compensation court of appeals (WCCA) affirming the decision of the compensation judge granting Respondent's claim petition seeking reimbursement from his former emp...

Musta v. Mendota Heights Dental Center & Hartford Insurance Group  
Date: October 13, 2021
Docket Number: A20-1551

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) upholding a compensation judge's order requiring Employer to reimburse Employee for medical cannabis, holding that the WCCA err...

In re Welfare of the Child of K.K.
Date: September 29, 2021
Docket Numbers: A20-1349, A20-1351
Staub v. Myrtle Lake Resort, LLC
Date: September 22, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0267
State v. Noor  
Date: September 15, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1089

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of depraved-mind murder and remanded this case to the district court for Defendant to be sentenced on a second-degree manslaughter conviction, holding that Defendant coul...

State v. Epps  
Date: September 15, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1626

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, holding that the modified plain error doctrine was not satisfied in this case. On appeal, Defendan...

State v. Robinette  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0679

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirmed Defendant's conviction but remanding the case to the district court for Defendant to be resentenced in accordance with modified guidelines, holding...

State v. Malone  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Numbers: A19-1559, A19-1560

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals determining that the district court judge presiding in the prosecution of Defendant was not disqualified or prohibited from presiding over Defendant's case,...

State v. McCoy  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0485

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the district court granting Defendant's motion to suppress his statements to his probation officer and a polygraph administrator a...

Sheridan v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: A21-0007

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Tax Court upholding that constitutionality of the Minnesota sales or use tax for aircraft purchases, holding that Minn. Const. art. X, 5 bars only the application of duplica...

State v. Allwine  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Numbers: A18-0846, A20-1588

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree premeditated murder and the decision of the district court denying Defendant's petition for postconviction relief, holding that there was no error. Speci...

State v. Lufkins  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1809

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court overruling Appellant's objection to the State's peremptory strike of a prospective juror, holding that Appellant did not meet his burden of proving that the S...

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