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Judge Joseph T. Carter

Dakota County

Dakota County Courthouse
Phone: (651) 438-8100


Appointed January 2001 by Governor Jesse Ventura. Elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014. Current term expires Jan. 2021.


University of Minnesota (J.D. 1983); Barry University, Miami, FL (M.A. Social Work 1980); Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (B.A. 1979).


Chief Public Defender, First Judicial District (1998-2001); Assistant Second Judicial District Public Defender (1987-98); Staff Attorney, Hyatt Legal Services (1986-87); Assistant Scott County Attorney (1985-86); Staff Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (1983-85).

Professional Memberships:

South St. Paul Restorative Justice Council; Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education; Co-chair, Committee on Diversity of the Ramsey County Bar Association; First District Bar Association.

Professional Activities:

Supreme Court Jury Task Force