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Minnesota Judicial Council
According to the Minnesota Judicial Branch web site, the Minnesota Judicial Council "is the admistrative policy-making authority for the Minnesota Judicial Branch. [Its] purpose ... is to govern the judicial branch through the establishment and monitoring of administrative policies designed to achieve an accessible, fair and timely system of justice statewide, and to ensure that the judicial branch functions as an independent and accountable branch of government."

Resources in this category:
   By-Laws of the Minnesota Judicial Council (July 1, 2005) (Minnesota Judicial Branch)
  • Article I: General
  • Article II - Purpose
  • Article III - Membership
  • Article IV - Officers
  • Article V - Terms and Conditions of Judicial Council Membership
  • article VI - Meetings
  • Article VII - Minutes and Proceedings
  • Article VIII - Committees
  • Article IX - Hiring and Supervision of the State Court Administrator
  • Article X: Amendments
   Meeting Dates of the Minnesota Judicial Council (Minnesota Judicial Council)
The only information the Minnesota Judicial Council provides on its about its meetings is their dates and location. You will find no minutes or other documents resulting from the meetings. According to Article VII the Judicial Council's By-Laws, minutes, of specified minimum content, are kept, circulated to members for review within a week after a meeting, with final minutes "posted on CourtNet within one (1) calender week of approval."

CourtNet is the Minnesota Judicial Branch intranet, inaccessible to the publlc. (Fascinating bit of trivia: If you search the Minnesota Judicial Branch web site, you will not even find a mention of CourtNet by name, except in the Bylaws provision concerning the posting of these minutes.)

   Members of the Minnesota Judicial Council (Minnesota Judicial Branch)
Describes the methods, by virtue of their office or by appointment, through which this 25-member Minnesota judiciary governing body is constituted.

At June 16, 2006, according to a linked roster, members included: Russell A. Anderson, Edward Toussaint Jr., William E. Maclin, Gregg E. Johnson, Bill Johnson, Lucy A. Wieland, George I. Harrelson, David P. Sullivan, Michael L. Kirk, Steven E. Drange, John P. Smith, Gary R. Schurrer, James W. Hoolihan, Sue K. Dosal, Sam Hanson, Wilhelmina M. Wright, David L. Knutson, Denise D. Reilly, John R. Rodenberg, Gerald J. Seibel, Jeffrey G. Shorba, Gerald J. Winter, Mark S. Thompson, Richard H. Fasnacht, and Judith A Besemer.

   Minnesota Judicial Council Committees (Minnesota Judicial Branch)
   Mission Statement of the Minnesota Judicial Council (Minnesota Judicial Branch)

See also:
  • Minnesota Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch
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