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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Second Judicial District Judges


Ostby, Elena

District Court Judge

Counties: Ramsey

State Court Bio: View Bio

Contact with chambers:
• Set forth your preferred method to contact chambers (telephone, email, etc.). E-mail
• To whom may attorneys direct scheduling/logistical questions? Judicial Law Clerk
• To whom may attorneys direct substantive questions? Judicial Law Clerk

Motion Practice:
• Set forth your practices and procedures for scheduling motion hearings. Not currently assigned to a civil rotation. Follow Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure.
• Identify any type of motion for which you do not require a hearing. Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure.
• Do you accept telephone calls from attorneys to rule on discovery disputes that occur during depositions? Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure.
• How much time do you allot for motion hearings? 30 minutes, unless a longer time is requested.
• Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attending a hearing by telephone or video conference. Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.
• Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to discovery motions. Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.
• Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to stipulations of the parties, including stipulations for protective orders. Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.
• Do you have particular requirements or procedures relating to requests to amend the scheduling order? Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.
• Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to default proceedings. Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.
• Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to handling emergency motions. Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.

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.
• 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. Nomad or Elmo
• Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney's use of technology in the courtroom and during trial. Check with the Judicial Law Clerk before trial begins.
• Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to the submissions of additional legal authority or other materials at or after oral argument. Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.
• Do you permit parties to bifurcate oral argument so different attorneys address different legal issues? Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.

Pretrial Procedures:
• Set forth your practices and procedures for handling motions in limine. Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.
• What is your schedule for a typical trial day? 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a 15-minute mid-morning and mid-afternoon recess and lunch from 12:00-1:00p.m.
• Set forth your voir dire procedures. Leave most of questioning up to the lawyers but do not allow use of hypotheticals or indoctrination into lawyer's theory of the case.
• 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. Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.
• Do you impose time limits with respect to opening statements and closing arguments? Generally, no. However, due to time constraints, the court does reserve the right to do so.
• Identify your practices with respect to the use of technology in the courtroom during trial. Contact Judicial Law Clerk with specific questions.
• Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to marking and using exhibits. Pre-mark all exhibits and provide list of exhibits to Court Reporter prior to the start of trial.
• Set forth your practices and procedures for handling objections. State objection succinctly. Do not argue from counsel table.
• Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to the use of deposition testimony. Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.
• May attorneys obtain daily transcripts during trial? If so, what procedure should attorneys follow? Yes. Inform the Court prior to the beginning of trial.
• Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney requests to contact jurors at the conclusion of trial. No specific procedures.

Other matters:
Set forth any other preferences, practices, or procedures attorneys and parties may find helpful. Follow the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.