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


June 14, 2024

Contact: Claire Lancaster



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


[ST. PAUL, MN] – Today, the Commission on Judicial Selection announced three vacancies in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. The vacancies will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Shawn M. Bartsh, the Honorable John H. Guthmann, and the Honorable Robyn A. Millenacker. These seats will be chambered in St. Paul in Ramsey County.

The application process is now open for these vacancies. 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 July 12 and should be addressed to the chair of the commission, Erin Sindberg Porter. The commission expects to hold interviews in late July. 

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 Lt. Governor at

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


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