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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Second Judicial District Judges

Bartsh, Shawn

judicial photoDistrict Court Judge

Counties: Ramsey

State Court Bio: View Bio

Contact with chambers:

  • Set forth your preferred method to contact chambers (telephone, e-mail, etc.). 
  • To whom may attorneys direct scheduling/logistical questions?  Sharon Ellertson - 651-266-8306 telephone conference or by motion. 
  • To whom may attorneys direct substantive questions?  Law Clerk 651-266-8258

Motion practice:

  • Set forth your practices and procedures for scheduling motion hearings.  Contact Sharon Ellertson
  • Identify any type of motion for which you do not require a hearing.  None that I can think of with the exception of pet for appt of trustee in WD case if all heirs have signed a waiver
  • Do you accept telephone calls from attorneys to rule on discovery disputes that occur during depositions?  yes, if I am available
  • How much time do you allot for motion hearings?  depends on the nature of the motion and number of parties - should be discussed with Sharon Ellertson
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attending a hearing by telephone or video conference.  Allowed only with permission of the judge on a case by case basis - not usually done
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to discovery motions.  Contact my law clerk via email, cc other side to explain the issues and your request
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to stipulations of the parties, including stipulations for protective orders.  Typically if the parties agree, I am fine with their stipulations
  • Do you have particular requirements or procedures relating to requests to amend the scheduling order?  Done in writing, if the parties stipulate I will accept it on written submissions, otherwise schedule a motion; need to have a good faith reason for amending the order
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to default proceedings.  Follow the rules and be prepared to prove up your case
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to handling emergency motions.  ontact Sharon Ellerstson

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. At the time of filing, a paper courtesy copy of all motions, memoranda and supporting affidavits should be mailed/delivered to Judge Shawn Bartsh, Ramsey County Courthouse, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 1230, St Paul, MN 55102.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for requests to deviate from the requirements of the General Rules of Practice for the District Courts. none - follow the rules

In-court proceedings:

  • Identify what technology you use in the courtroom and state whether you prefer a particular electronic format. N/A
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney’s use of technology in the courtroom and during trial. My pretrial order directs parties to submit technology requests (i.e. use of court equipment) in advance of trial; attorneys are free to bring their own laptops/projectors, etc, but should discuss it with the court before trial
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to the submission of additional legal authority or other materials at or after oral argument. requests should be made during the motion - will be granted at the discretion of the court; the judge will set the schedule for submissions.
  • 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. I conduct in depth settlement conferences and require all parties with authority to attend. Insurance companies must have an adjuster with full authority in attendance; All parties must attend in person. Come fully prepared to discuss all aspects of your case.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for handling motions in limine. schedule as with any other motion. - contact Sharon Ellertson


  • What is your schedule for a typical trial day? 8 - 8:30 meet with attorneys
  • Set forth your voir dire procedures. N/A
  • 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. N/A
  • Do you impose time limits with respect to opening statements and closing arguments? N/A
  • Identify your practices with respect to the use of technology in the courtroom during trial. N/A
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to marking and using exhibits. N/A
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for handling objections. N/A
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to the use of deposition testimony. N/A
  • May attorneys obtain daily transcripts during trial? If so, what procedure should attorneys follow? N/A
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney requests to contact jurors at the conclusion of trial. N/A

Other matters:

  • Set forth any other preferences, practices, or procedures attorneys and parties may find helpful. N/A