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. Thompson  
Date: October 21, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0253

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of giving a fictitious name to a peace officer in violation of Minn. Stat. 609.506, subd. 1, holding that a fictitious name...

Tapia v. Leslie  
Date: October 21, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0627

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the opinion of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's petition for a writ of mandamus to order the Dakota County Sheriff to issue Defendant a perm...

County of Hennepin v. Laechelt  
Date: September 30, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0473

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the jury's award of damages to Tamara Laechelt in this eminent domain action, holding that evidence of construction-related interference that aris...

Greene v. Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services  
Date: September 16, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1981

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that personal care assistants were entitled to access a list of contact information for personal care assistants who...

Chavez-Nelson v. State  
Date: September 16, 2020
Docket Number: A19-1229

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's petition for postconviction relief without holding an evidentiary hearing, holding that, even if the facts alleged in the petition were pr...

YAM Special Holdings, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: August 12, 2020
Docket Number: A20-0021

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the tax court determining that Minnesota could tax an apportioned share of the income from the sale of a business as unitary business income, holding that the gain from the sale...

Koehnen v. Flagship Marine Co.  
Date: August 12, 2020
Docket Number: A20-0053

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that a health care provider who did not intervene in an employee's pending workers' compensation proceeding after receiving adequate notice of the right to intervene cannot initiate a collateral at...

State v. Davenport  
Date: August 5, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0538

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of two counts of first-degree murder under an aiding and abetting theory of liability and one count of second-degree murder under an aiding and abetting theory, holding t...

Peterson v. Western National Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1081

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court awarding taxable costs for denying a first-party insurance claim in violation of Minn. Stat. 604.18, subd. 2(a), holding that the district court did not clear...

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