In Minnesota, there are currently 293 district court judges who preside over matters in ten judicial districts. While the Minnesota Rules of Court provide attorneys with significant information applicable to court proceedings, each judge may have his or her individual preferences with respect to motion practice and courtroom conduct.

In an effort to assist attorneys who may be appearing before a judge for the first time, the MSBA Civil Litigation Section Governing Council provided all district court judges with a brief questionnaire. The responses that we received are organized here by judicial district and the judge’s name. We hope you find these responses to be helpful in your preparation for district court appearances.

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First Judicial District Judges

Perkkio, Arlene

judicial photoDistrict Court Judge

Counties: Dakota County

State Court Bio: View Bio

Contact with chambers:

  • Set forth your preferred method to contact chambers (telephone, e-mail, etc.). Email staff attorney.
  • To whom may attorneys direct scheduling/logistical questions? Staff attorney
  • To whom may attorneys direct substantive questions?  Staff attorney

Motion practice:

  • Set forth your practices and procedures for scheduling motion hearings. Call staff attorney for a court date.
  • Identify any type of motion for which you do not require a hearing. N/A
  • Do you accept telephone calls from attorneys to rule on discovery disputes that occur during depositions? Yes
  • How much time do you allot for motion hearings? Depends. Anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attending a hearing by telephone or video conference. In limited circumstances I will allow a phone appearance. ITV is an acceptable alternative.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to discovery motions. Follow the rules.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to stipulations of the parties, including stipulations for protective orders. Make a record which immediately becomes the order. One party submits the written order, with approval from the other side. If they cannot agree about what was agreed to, I draft and issue an order.
  • Do you have particular requirements or procedures relating to requests to amend the scheduling order? No
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to default proceedings. Proof of service. Sworn testimony. 
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to handling emergency motions.  Standard rules with appropriate notice.

Written submissions:

  • Do you want to receive paper courtesy copies of the parties’ written submissions? If you do, set forth the number and preferred format of courtesy copies and identify any document type you do not want to receive. No. They are available on MNCIS.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for requests to deviate from the requirements of the General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.  None.

In-court proceedings:

  • Identify what technology you use in the courtroom and state whether you prefer a particular electronic format. MNCIS. Word format preferred.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney’s use of technology in the courtroom and during trial. Attorneys may use any and all technology available to them. They must be on silent or vibrate.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to the submission of additional legal authority or other materials at or after oral argument. I will keep the record open based on an appropriate request.
  • Do you permit parties to bifurcate oral argument so different attorneys address different legal issues?  If requested.

Pretrial procedures:

  • Describe your preferred procedures for pretrial settlement conferences, including the timing of such conferences, persons who must attend, whether persons may attend by telephone or video conference, and how you participate in settlement discussions. I prefer these be done in person with parties with full authority to settle in attendance.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for handling motions in limine.  Standard practice.


  • What is your schedule for a typical trial day? Attorneys and parties present at 8:30 am. Testimony at 9. 15 minute break 10:30. 12- Lunch. 1- lawyers back. 1:30- testimony. 15 minute Break at 2:30. Done by 4:30 
  • Set forth your voir dire procedures. I will ask preliminary questions then the lawyers may ask questions.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to courtroom decorum, including movement in the courtroom, use of a podium, whether attorneys should sit or stand, and how to address witnesses. No gum, no food. The court provides water. Lawyers may drink coffee, pop, etc. so long as it is in a court issued paper cup. I do not require the lawyers to stand, but they may do so. I do demand the attorneys, and everyone, speak up, loudly and clearly and one at a time. I require spellings of names, cases, medications, etc. My courtroom is focused on the record.
  • Do you impose time limits with respect to opening statements and closing arguments?  No.
  • Identify your practices with respect to the use of technology in the courtroom during trial. Whatever counsel needs.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to marking and using exhibits. Pre mark with the court clerk as much as possible.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for handling objections. State a legal objection. Do not argue in front of the jury. If you need to make a record approach the bench.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to the use of deposition testimony. Standard
  • May attorneys obtain daily transcripts during trial? If so, what procedure should attorneys follow? In limited circumstances they may recieve a rough draft. Speak before hand with my reporter.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney requests to contact jurors at the conclusion of trial.  They may do so.

Other matters:

  • Set forth any other preferences, practices, or procedures attorneys and parties may find helpful.  I strive to be on the bench at least five (5) minutes before court start times, I expect the parties to appear on time and prepared.