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


Frisch, Jennifer

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.).  telephone or email
  • To whom may attorneys direct scheduling/logistical questions?  Scheduling Clerk
  • To whom may attorneys direct substantive questions?  Law Clerk

Motion practice:

  • Set forth your practices and procedures for scheduling motion hearings.  Counsel should advise my scheduling clerk as to the amount of time they need for motion hearing. My clerk will schedule motion hearings accordingly.
  • 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?  Counsel should advise my scheduling clerk as to the amount of time they need for motion hearing.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attending a hearing by telephone or video conference.  Please contact chambers with such requests.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to discovery motions.  The party raising an unresolved discovery issue shall arrange a telephone conference with all counsel and the Court to determine if the dispute can be resolved without formal motion. 
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to stipulations of the parties, including stipulations for protective orders.  The parties may not amend the scheduling order by agreement and should submit a signed stipulation and proposed order for consideration by the Court.
  • 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.  Please schedule default motion hearings with the scheduling clerk.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to handling emergency motions.  Please contact chambers with respect to emergency motions. All parties must receive notice before any motion hearing.

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.  The Court requires parties to deliver one paper copy of all motion documents to chambers contemporaneous with e-filing. 
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for requests to deviate from the requirements of the General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.  The parties must make a formal motion to deviate from the General Rules of Practice. 

In-court proceedings:

  • Identify what technology you use in the courtroom and state whether you prefer a particular electronic format.  Please contact my law clerk regarding available courtroom technology.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney’s use of technology in the courtroom and during trial.  The parties may use their chosen technology at any hearing or trial.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to the submission of additional legal authority or other materials at or after oral argument.  Please contact my law clerk with such requests.
  • 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.  All attorneys who will try the case, the parties involved in the action with authority to settle the case and any and all other persons with authority to settle the case must attend the Pretrial/Settlement Conference in person. With the parties' consent, the Court will thereafter conduct a mediated settlement conference before trial.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for handling motions in limine.  The Court will hear motions in limine either before trial or on the first day of trial, at the parties' option.

Trial:

  • What is your schedule for a typical trial day?  Morning: 9:00 a.m. to noon, with one 20 minute break. Lunch: noon to 1:30 p.m. Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 or 5:00 p.m., depending on the circumstances, and again with one 20 minute break
  • Set forth your voir dire procedures.  The Court will conduct a preliminary voir dire with the panel and then allow each party to conduct additional questioning.
  • 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.  The parties must comply with the General Rules of Practice. 
  • 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.  The parties may use technology of their choice during trial.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to marking and using exhibits.  The parties should pre-mark all exhibits with the court reporter.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for handling objections.  The parties must set forth the legal basis for any objection and wait for a ruling or further instruction. 
  • 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? Please contact the court reporter for availability.
  • 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.  The parties should consult the Scheduling Order and Pre Trial Order, both of which set forth in detail requirements for pretrial submissions. Parties are encouraged to contact Judge Frisch's law clerk with any additional questions.