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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 4th Judicial District


October 25, 2023

Contact: Claire Lancaster



Commission on Judicial Selection Opens Application Process for Vacancy in the Fourth Judicial District  


[ST. PAUL, MN] – Today, the Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. The vacancy occurred upon the resignation of the Honorable Toddrick S. Barnette. This seat will be chambered in Minneapolis in Hennepin County. 

The application process is now open for this vacancy. The commission is searching for fair, experienced, and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench and offer their talents and services to Minnesota’s judicial system. Per statute, the commission will consider the following qualifications for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The commission is seeking applicants who reflect Minnesota’s full diversity. 

Individuals wishing to apply may request an application by contacting the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor via e-mail at Application materials are due by 4:00 pm on November 1 and should be addressed to the chair of the commission, Erin Sindberg Porter. The commission is currently reviewing applications for two other vacancies in the Fourth Judicial District related to the retirement of the Honorable Tanya M. Bransford and the elevation of the Honorable Keala C. Ede to the Court of Appeals. Applicants who applied for those vacancies will be considered for this opening and do not need to submit a new application. The commission expects to hold interviews for these vacancies in mid-November. 

The judges of the Fourth Judicial District have offered to provide informational interviews to prospective applicants. To request more information or for other inquiries about the application process, please contact the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor at 

For more information about the judicial selection process, please visit the Governor’s Judicial Appointments webpage


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