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.

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Recent Decisions From the Minnesota Supreme Court
Firefighters Union Local 4725 v. City of Brainerd  
Date: October 9, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0398

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to the City of Brainerd after the City restructured its fire department and eliminate...

Fagin v. State  
Date: October 2, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1705

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the district court's decision denying Defendant's petition for postconviction relief asserting the invalidity of a test-refusal conviction under B...

Thornton v. Bosquez  
Date: October 2, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0223

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the district court's decision awarding Mother and Father joint physical custody and equal parenting time, holding that the district court did not...

Hansen v. U.S. Bank National Ass'n  
Date: September 25, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1608

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's dismissal of Appellants' complaint against U.S. Bank on statute of limitations grounds, holding that Appellants' breach of fi...

Jackson v. Commissioner of Human Services  
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1135

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services (DHS) determining that Appellant was permanently disqualified from working in...

In re Minnesota Living Assistance, Inc.  
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1821

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals' decision reversing the order of the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry for Baywood Home Care to pay unpaid overtime wages and liquidated damages, holding...

Kedrowskib v. Lycoming Engines  
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0538

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the district court granting judgment as a matter of law to Lycoming Engines on Mark Kedrowski's claim that a defective fuel pump m...

State, ex rel. Ford v. Schnell  
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1895

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals vacating as moot the district court's order granting Antwone Ford's petition for a writ of habeas corpus and ordering the Department of Corrections either t...

Aaron Carlson Corp. v. Cohen  
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0100

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court concluding that a receiver should bring a piercing-the-corporate-veil claim against the shareholders of the cor...

McGuire v. Bowlin  
Date: September 4, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0167

Justia Opinion Summary: In this defamation action brought by Nathan McGuire, a public high school basketball head coach, against Julie Bowlin and three other defendants, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court granting sum...

State v. Alarcon  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1325

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of knowingly failing to register as a predatory offender, holding that to convict a defendant of knowingly failing to regis...

State v. Jaros  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0039

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant's conviction of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and false imprisonment, holding that Defendant was not deprived of a fair trial when a detective testified about photographs that...

State v. Brown  
Date: August 14, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0870

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction, holding that a body cavity search performed by forcing Defendant to be strapped down and sedated in order to undergo an in...

State v. Strobel  
Date: August 14, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0057

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's sentence on the basis that the district court had misapplied Minn. Sent. Guidelines 2.B.7.a, holding that the classification of a prio...

In re Charges of Unprofessional Conduct
Date: August 14, 2019
Docket Number: A18-2113
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