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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Tenth Judicial District Judges


Lehmann, Thomas

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District Court Judge

Counties: Anoka County

State Court Bio:  View Bio


Contact with chambers:

  • Set forth your preferred method to contact chambers (telephone, e-mail, etc.). Call - (763)760-6779
  • 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.  Contact Law Clerk. Depending on the type of motion the procedure may be different.
  • Identify any type of motion for which you do not require a hearing.  None
  • 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?  30 minutes
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attending a hearing by telephone or video conference.  Contact Law Clerk to determine if can appear by telephone.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to discovery motions.  Initial telephone conference to see if can be resolved without formal motions, if not then schedule a motion.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to stipulations of the parties, including stipulations for protective orders.  Can contact Law Clerk and submit paper work for approval.
  • Do you have particular requirements or procedures relating to requests to amend the scheduling order?  If stipulated to by both counsel can be amended once just by written request. Subsequent requests may require a telephone conference. Contact Law Clerk.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to default proceedings.  All require a hearing
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to handling emergency motions.  Contact Law Clerk



    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.  Telephone conference.



    In-court proceedings:

  • Identify what technology you use in the courtroom and state whether you prefer a particular electronic format.  Laptop computer. Prefer everything to be digital.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney’s use of technology in the courtroom and during trial.  Contact court administration to see if available.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to the submission of additional legal authority or other materials at or after oral argument.  Written upon request and approval after hearing.
  • 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 must attend. Scheduled through Scheduling Clerk
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for handling motions in limine.  Written motion, argued at pretrial.



    Trial:

  • What is your schedule for a typical trial day?  Trial starts at 9:00, one morning recess(15 minutes), lunch at noon to 1:30, one afternoon break(15 minutes), day concludes at 4:30
  • Set forth your voir dire procedures.  Very limited involvement
  • 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.  Counsel should stay at counsel table, rise to make objections, ask to approach both the bench and witnesses. Should stand to address the Court. Podium is optional may stand at counsel table. Address witnesses by their last name.
  • 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.  I allow if available in the courtroom. Require that it be ready to go and tested prior to use.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to marking and using exhibits.  Exhibits are marked by the in court clerk, ask to approach the witness.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for handling objections.  Stand to make objection, do not argue your position unless asked to do so by the Court.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to the use of deposition testimony.  Follow the rules of civil procedure
  • May attorneys obtain daily transcripts during trial? If so, what procedure should attorneys follow?  Yes, contact Court Reporter
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney requests to contact jurors at the conclusion of trial.  I instruct the jurors that they may be contacted by counsel and that it is their call as to whether they wish to speak to the attorney or not.



    Other matters:

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