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Judicial Appointments

Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection

The Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection is created for the purpose of soliciting judicial candidates, evaluating applicants and recommending nominees to the Governor for appointment. It will fill vacancies that occur within district courts and any vacancies that occur during the term of a judge for the Workers Compensation Court of Appeals.  The Commission has 49 members. 27 are appointed by the Governor and 22 are appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court.  9 of these members are appointed at large to consider vacancies within every judicial district. Of these 9 members, at least 3 must be non-attorneys.  4 members are appointed to represent each of Minnesota’s 10 judicial districts. Of these 4 members, there must be at least 2 non-attorneys.   Each member of the Commission is appointed to a 4 year term that ends at the conclusion of the Governor’s term.

The Commission is governed by 2011 Minnesota Statutes 480B.01.

The Commission on Judicial Selection is committed to providing equal access to the judicial selection process for all interested individuals. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please contact Andrew Olson at (651) 201-3413 or via email with your request.

Commission Members

For a list of members on the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection, click here.

Outline of Application Procedures for District Court Judgeship.

To receive judicial announcements via email, please contact Andrew Olson at

Current Judicial Vacancies     

  • A vacancy in the First Judicial District. Read more.
  • A vacancy on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Read more.
  • An upcoming vacancy on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Read more.
For a list of Judicial Resources, click here.