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Supreme Court Announces Openings on Court Rules Advisory Committees

Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Minnesota Supreme Court is seeking applicants interested in serving on several advisory committees that provide recommendations on possible changes to the rules that govern court proceedings and records in the state.

The advisory committees (detailed below) have long been part of the Supreme Court’s process for reviewing potential amendments to the Minnesota State Court Rules. Members of the committees propose, discuss and debate possible rule changes, and forward their recommendations to the Supreme Court for final consideration.

This year, each advisory committee’s initial focus will include a review of court rules to identify any needed amendments to accommodate electronic filing and service in the district courts. Electronic filing and service will soon be standard in district courts across Minnesota, as part of the Minnesota Judicial Branch’s eCourtMN initiative, a historic, multi-year effort that is transitioning Minnesota’s courts from a paper to an electronic information environment.

“One of the ways we maintain an open, fair and impartial court system is by establishing and adhering to a system of rules that creates uniformity and consistency in courtrooms across Minnesota,” said Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea. “It is crucial that any changes to those rules are well-vetted by those with expertise and an interest in law and the court system. The Supreme Court is hopeful that we will see significant interest from across the state in serving on these advisory committees, and we look forward to reviewing the recommendations developed by these committees during this important time in our Branch’s history.”

Below is a list of the seven Court Rules Advisory Committees, along with a summary of the jurisdictions of each committee:

Civil Commitment Rules Advisory Committee: The Supreme Court is seeking attorneys, judges, and court administrators familiar with practice under the Special Rules of Procedure Governing Proceedings Under the Minnesota Commitment and Treatment Act to fill numerous vacancies on the Advisory Committee for those rules. The Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing the rules governing proceedings under Minnesota Statutes Chapters 253B (Civil Commitment) and 253D (Civil Commitment and Treatment of Sex Offenders), and proposing amendments to those rules.

Civil Rules Advisory Committee: The Supreme Court is seeking civil practice attorneys, judges and court administrators to fill numerous vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure.  The Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing the rules of civil procedure and proposing amendments to those rules.

Criminal Rules Advisory Committee: The Supreme Court is seeking a city prosecutor, a private defense attorney, and a county prosecutor to fill three vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure.  The Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing the rules of criminal procedure and proposing amendments to those rules.

General Rules Advisory Committee: The Supreme Court is seeking civil (including family and probate) practice attorneys, judges, and court administrators to fill numerous vacancies on the Advisory Committee on the General Rules of Practice for the District Courts. The committee is responsible for monitoring the rules, considering requests for rule changes, and making recommendations to the Supreme Court.  The committee also reviews local court rules proposed by the individual judicial districts.

Juvenile Delinquency Rules Advisory Committee: The Supreme Court is seeking juvenile practice attorneys, judges and court administrators to fill several vacancies on the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Juvenile Delinquency Procedure.  The Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing the rules of juvenile delinquency procedure and proposing amendments to those rules.

Juvenile Protection Procedure Advisory Committee: The Supreme Court is seeking attorneys, trial and appellate court judges, court administrators, and child protection social workers to fill several vacancies on the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure and Adoption Procedure. The Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing the rules of juvenile protection procedure and adoption procedure, and proposing amendments to those rules.

Public Access Advisory Committee: The Supreme Court is seeking citizens, lawyers, judges, court staff, and other justice system professionals interested in court record public access policy to fill numerous vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch. The Advisory Committee is responsible for overseeing the Courts’ public access rules.

Anyone interested in serving on an advisory committee is asked to submit a letter of interest and a resume by July 1, 2014. Letters and resumes should be sent to AnnMarie O’Neill, Clerk of the Appellate Courts, at 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN, 55155.

Due to the anticipated schedule for implementation of electronic filing and service, committees will likely begin meeting in September 2014. Applicants must be able to participate based on the committees’ intended delivery of their reports to the Court, with recommended changes or amendments, by December 2014. Term of service is limited to three years, renewable at the discretion of the Court for an additional term.