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.

For information about this project or to report an error in any judicial directory listing, contact Kara Haro, MSBA staff liaison to the Civil Litigation Section.

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Ninth Judicial District Judges

Yon, Tamara

Assistant Chief Judge

Counties: Polk, Pennington, Marshall, Norman, Red Lake, Mahnomen (and sometimes Roseau)

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Contact with chambers:

  • Set forth your preferred method to contact chambers (telephone, email, etc.). email (as I travel between multiple counties)
  • To whom may attorneys direct scheduling/logistical questions? My court reporter, Lisa Peterson
  • To whom may attorneys direct substantive questions? judge or court reporter (if communicating with judge, make sure all other parties are copied)

Motion practice:

  • Set forth your practices and procedures for scheduling motion hearings. Contact my court reporter, Lisa Peterson, to find a date / time
  • Identify any type of motion for which you do not require a hearing. Any matters that are stipulated (i.e. agreement to extend discovery, etc.)
  • 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? Prefer no more than an hour but we can go longer if needed.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attending a hearing by telephone or video conference. Routinely use telephone conferences for scheduling matters. Will also allow telephone / remote technology if feasible given the nature of the hearing. It has worked well during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to stipulations of the parties, including stipulations for protective orders. These matters can typically be handled without a hearing.
  • Do you have particular requirements or procedures relating to requests to amend the scheduling order? No

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. Nope. The filed electronic version is fine.

    In-court proceedings:

  • Identify what technology you use in the courtroom and state whether you prefer a particular electronic format. MNCIS and Benchworks; email; PDF for filed docs
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney's use of technology in the courtroom and during trial. Generally very flexible with this - just make sure it works.
  • Do you permit parties to bifurcate oral argument so different attorneys address different legal issues? Yes

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. Prefer to have these 1-2 weeks prior to trial, with parties and attorneys personally appearing, in the hopes that settlement can be reached or at least issues narrowed for trial.
  • What is your schedule for a typical trial day? Start at 9 am; breaks as needed for the jury; 30-60 minutes for lunch mid-day; try to be done by 4:30 pm.
  • Set forth your voir dire procedures. Distribute standard questions to attorneys prior to trial (to be asked by the court), after which attorneys are free to conduct voir dire.
  • 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. Am flexible on this so long as not a distraction. No approaching a witness unless court has approved.
  • 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. Varies depending on courtroom. Allow attorneys to bring in their own technology.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to marking and using exhibits. Prefer to have this done prior to trial, to save time.
  • May attorneys obtain daily transcripts during trial? If so, what procedure should attorneys follow? Depends on availability of a court reporter and length of trial