Court of Appeals Opinions



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Appellate Courts will begin transmitting all notices, orders, and opinions electronically.

Beginning no later than July 1, 2011, the appellate courts will send notices, orders, opinions, and correspondence related to pending cases to attorneys in those cases by e-mail rather than postal mail.  All attorneys with pending appellate cases who have not already registered an e-mail address should do so immediately.  Unrepresented parties with pending appellate cases may also participate in this e-notification system by registering an e-mail address.  Please visit the Clerk of Appellate Courts page for instructions on how to register your e-mail address.
 

Opinion Policies

Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday.

On Wednesday of every week, the Court of Appeals will mail a notice that informs counsel, pro se parties, and court personnel associated with a case that an opinion will be released the following Monday.  Opinions are available online or by visiting the Clerk of Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, after the Monday release time.  Copies of the opinions are mailed to involved parties on Mondays.

In certain time-sensitive cases, the Court of Appeals may issue opinions on a business day other than Monday.  In these instances, involved parties will be contacted just prior to the special release.

Please visit the Minnesota State Law Library's Appellate Opinions Archive for previously released Court of Appeals Opinions.

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Published OpinionsBy statute, the Court of Appeals issues a published opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Published opinions include an extensive analysis of the facts and law. They will be considered and used by courts faced with similar issues in the future, and they are published in books found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, September 19, 2016



NO PUBLISHED OPINIONS FILED
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as published opinions.

UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS
FILED Monday, September 19, 2016

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2014)



1.         A15-1748
            Julie Ellen O'Mara-Meyer, petitioner, Respondent, vs. William Philip Meyer, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Dissenting, Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Houston County District Court, Hon. Matthew J. Opat.

2.         A16-0681
            State of Minnesota, Appellant., vs. Adam Wallace Jaunich, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

3.         A16-0374
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Rhiannon Marie Zych, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Wabasha County District Court, Hon. Terrence M. Walters.

4.         A15-1879
            Susan Esther Safstrom, Appellant, vs. Justina Elise Morin, Respondent, and Justina Elise Morin obo minor children, Respondent, vs.
            Susan Esther Safstrom, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Judge Paul Benshoof.
 
5.         A15-1504
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Shawnti Tramayne Fleming, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Juan Hoyos.

6.         A15-1444
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Alvin Lee, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

7.         A15-1742
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Timothy Scott Anderson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Colleen G. King.

8.         A16-0494
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Steven Charles Lind, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. Judge Amy R. Brosnahan.

9.         A15-1777
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Wyatt Morris Howard, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.
 
Order OpinionsCases that involve a few simple issues may be decided by order opinions, which include little discussion of the facts of the case and a brief analysis of the laws that are involved.

RECENT ORDER OPINIONS
September 19, 2016



1.         A16-0495
            Harry Edward Bunkley, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nicole A. Engisch.

UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS

FILED Friday, September 16, 2016

SPECIAL RELEASE

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2014)


1.    A15-1664
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, v. Nathaniel Jon Fritz, Appellant.
       Reversed and remanded.  Judge Randoph W. Peterson.
       Washington County District Court, Hon. Susan Miles.

 

Opinion SetsOpinion sets contain all published, unpublished, and order opinions. The sets are compressed into files that must be unpacked before opening them.

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, September 19, 2016

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

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  5. Open the extracted file.

Opinion Set in a Zipped Rich Text Format

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