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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 7th Judicial District


February 22, 2024

Contact: Claire Lancaster  



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


[ST. PAUL, MN] – Today, the Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. The vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Michael S. Jesse. This seat will be chambered in Foley in Benton County. 

The application process is now open for this vacancy. 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 Lieutenant Governor via e-mail at Application materials are due by 4:00 pm on March 14, 2024 and should be addressed to the chair of the commission, Erin Sindberg Porter. The commission expects to hold interviews in early April.  

The judges of the Seventh 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

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

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