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Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 2nd Judicial District


February 29, 2024

Contact: Claire Lancaster  


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

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Today, the Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. The vacancy will occur upon the elevation of the Honorable JaPaul J. Harris to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. This seat will be chambered in St. Paul in Ramsey County.

The application process is now open for this vacancy. The commission is searching for a fair, experienced, and civic-minded individual 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 Lieutenant Governor via e-mail at Application materials are due by 4:00 pm on March 21 and should be addressed to the chair of the commission, Erin Sindberg Porter. The commission expects to hold interviews in mid-April.

The judges of the Second 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 Lieutenant Governor at 

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

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