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Hearing on MN Court Equality and Justice Data

On November 16, 2011, the Committee for Equality and Justice (CEJ) held a public hearing on Data Collection and Analysis related to race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and any other status protected by law.  A number of individuals from the community presented their findings and recommendations at the hearing held at the Minnesota Judicial Center to address the following questions: 

  • What data should the courts collect and why?
  • Is there any research that supports the request?
  • How would the court collect this data most efficiently?
  • Where such data is used, how is it collected and to what social benefit?

The Minnesota Courts have been collecting race and gender data for all juvenile and criminal cases since 2002 in accordance with the order of the Minnesota Supreme Court and per the recommendations of the Race Bias Task Force. The new Committee for Equality and Justice (CEJ) has an expanded charge beyond racial, ethnic and gender equity to enhance the courts’ ability to eliminate from court operations bias that is based on race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by law.

The goal of the CEJ's Data Collection and Analysis subcommittee is to seek additional input on areas of improvement for the collection of data.

Data Collection and Analysis Subcommittee, Committee for Equality and Justice, Minnesota Judicial Council