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
Energy Policy Advocates v. Ellison  
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1344

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming in part and reversing and remanding in part the judgment of the district court denying Energy Policy Advocates' motion to compel and dismissing…

In re Petition of MCEA  
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1592

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals applying the statutory definition of "public waters" in Minn. Stat. 103G.005, subd. 15, to determine whether the upper reach of Limbo Creek was a public…

Fischer v. Simon  
Date: September 27, 2022
Docket Number: A22-1112

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied this petition asking that the Court order removal of Torrey Westrom from the November 8, 2022 general election ballot as a candidate for Senate District 12, holding that Petitioner was not…

Justice v. Marvel, LLC  
Date: September 21, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1318

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment to Marvel, LLC in this negligence action, holding that an exculpatory clause purporting to release Marvel from "any and all claims"…

In re Marriage of Pooley  
Date: September 14, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1250

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court rejecting Wife's action against Husband seeking half of his retirement account or, alternatively, an equitable…

Smits v. Park Nicollet Health Services  
Date: September 7, 2022
Docket Number: A20-0711

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals reversing the order of the district court granting summary judgment to Defendants - mental healthcare providers - and…

In re Estate of Bach  
Date: September 7, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0319

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute among four siblings over the ownership of 200 acres of farmland the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the order of the district court that the farmland be distributed…

Stern 1011 First Street South, LLC v. Gere  
Date: August 31, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0904

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals construing a letter that Defendants submitted to the district court under Minn. R. Gen. Proc. 115.11 as a permissible tolling motion under Minn. R. Civ.…

In re Estate of Joseph Rocco Figliuzzi  
Date: August 31, 2022
Docket Number: A21-1035

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the court of appeals dismissing Appellant's appeal from the district court's denial of his petition to create a constructive trust, holding that the court of appeals did not err by…

State v. Pauli  
Date: August 24, 2022
Docket Number: A19-1886

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's convictions for four counts of possession of pornographic work involving minors, holding that, assuming that Defendant had a…

Thompson v. St. Anthony Leased Housing Associates II, LP  
Date: August 24, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1367

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint alleging that Defendant violated the Minnesota Bond Allocation Act, Minn.…

Spann v. Minneapolis City Council  
Date: August 24, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0931

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the decision of the court of appeals reversing the district court's issuance of an alternative writ of mandamus to compel the Minneapolis Mayor and the…

Under the Rainbow Early Education Center v. County of Goodhue  
Date: August 24, 2022
Docket Number: A21-1349

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the tax court denying summary judgment to Rainbow Early Education Center, an early childhood center, on its claim for a tax exclusion as a seminary of learning under Minn.…

Tax Court v. County of Hennepin  
Date: August 24, 2022
Docket Number: A21-1493

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the tax court finding that the Data Practices Act, Minn. Stat. 13.01-.90, prohibited Hennepin County from disclosing certain nonpublic data contained within its expert appraisal…

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