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

Claesson-Huseby, Annie

judicial photoDistrict Court Judge

Counties:  Beltrami County

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Contact with chambers:

  • Set forth your preferred method to contact chambers (telephone, e-mail, etc.).  U.S. Mail
  • To whom may attorneys direct scheduling/logistical questions? Jodi Lundquist, Court Reporter
  • To whom may attorneys direct substantive questions?  Caitlin Hurlock, Law Clerk

Motion practice:

  • Set forth your practices and procedures for scheduling motion hearings. Motion hearings are generally set in a scheduling order.
  • Identify any type of motion for which you do not require a hearing. It depends, a joint motion for a continuance may not require a hearing.
  • 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? It depends upon the complexity of the case/motion. I will allot as much time as necessary. 
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attending a hearing by telephone or video conference. The attorney/party wishing to appear by telelphone must obtain permission prior to the hearing date. If granted, the attorney/party wishing to appear by telephone will generaly initiate the call.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to discovery motions. Parties should "meet and confer" before bringing a discovery motion.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to stipulations of the parties, including stipulations for protective orders. It depends.
  • Do you have particular requirements or procedures relating to requests to amend the scheduling order? The parties should ask permission to amend the scheduling order. If the parties are in agreement, the amendment will generally be granted. The trial date will not be continued without a special written request or motion to the Court.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to default proceedings. It depends.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to handling emergency motions.  It depends on the nature of the emergency.

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, I do not require paper courtesy copies.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for requests to deviate from the requirements of the General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.  N/A

In-court proceedings:

  • Identify what technology you use in the courtroom and state whether you prefer a particular electronic format. It depends on the hearing, but I always use a computer.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney’s use of technology in the courtroom and during trial. The use of technology is encouraged. It is important, however, that the parties spend time before trial ensuring that the technology they hope to use is in working order.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to the submission of additional legal authority or other materials at or after oral argument. It depends.
  • Do you permit parties to bifurcate oral argument so different attorneys address different legal issues?  It depends.

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. Pretrial conferences are generally held 2-3 weeks before trial. It is important for all parties to attend. Any party/attorney may request to appear by telephone.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for handling motions in limine.  Motions in Limine should be filed before the pre-trial confence.

Trial:

  • What is your schedule for a typical trial day? I generally start jury trials at 9:00 a.m., take a 15 minute morning break, an hour lunch break, and a 15 minute break in the afternoon. I try to end each day at around 4:30.
  • Set forth your voir dire procedures. I will conduct some preliminary 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. Generally, I will leave this up to the preference of the parties. 
  • Do you impose time limits with respect to opening statements and closing arguments?  Not usually.
  • Identify your practices with respect to the use of technology in the courtroom during trial. The use of technology during trials is encouraged.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to marking and using exhibits. It depends.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for handling objections. It depends.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to the use of deposition testimony. It depends.
  • May attorneys obtain daily transcripts during trial? If so, what procedure should attorneys follow? It depends.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney requests to contact jurors at the conclusion of trial.  It depends.