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Judge Bev Benson

Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-2040

Chambers Phone: (612) 596-1478
Reporter: (612) 596-2870 – for transcript requests only
Law Clerk: (612) 596-1478

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Bev Benson


Elected in 2014, effective Jan. 5, 2015. Current term expires Jan. 2021. 


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1985
Graduate Studies, Luther Seminary, 1982
B.A., Augsburg College, cum laude, Political Science, 1981


  • Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (Murder, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Criminal Vehicular Homicide, and Appellate Specialties), 1989-2015
  • Stearns County Attorney’s Office (Felony, Juvenile, and Misdemeanor Prosecution), 1986–1989
  • Dakota and Hennepin County Attorney's Offices, Law clerk, 1984-1985
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Legal intern, 1983
  • U.S. Congress and Minnesota Legislature, Intern, 1981
  • State Services for the Blind, 1980–1982

Assignment History:

Criminal, April 14, 2017 - Present
Family, September 1, 2016 - April 13, 2017
Criminal, January 2015 - August 31, 2016


  • 2015 Henry Toll Fellowship Recipient (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • 2011 Nominee for Hennepin County Administrator’s Award
  • Fatality Review Committee Member, Hennepin County District Court (appointed by Chief Judge Lucy Wieland for 2007-2010)
  • Scholarship Recipient, National College of District Attorneys Conference on Prosecuting Homicides in San Francisco, California (May 2009)
  • Scholarship Recipient, Office of Violence Against Women, National College of District Attorneys Conference on Domestic Violence in Reno, Nevada (November 2005)
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, “Metro Alliance Student Leadership Mentoring Program Certificate of Appreciation for Contributing Time and Talent as a Mentor” (2001 – 2002)
  • Hennepin County Star Performer, “Exceptional Contributor to the Community Award” (June 1999)
  • Hennepin County Attorney’s Office Nominee for “Exceptional Contributor to the Community Award” (April 1999)
  • League of Women Voters, “Grace Norris Award” (May 2000 and April 1999)
  • Volunteer Service Award, Minnesota Indian Women Resource Center (May 1997)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for Mock Trial Attorney Coach (1990-1992)
  • St. Cloud Human Rights Commission Outstanding Service Award for Women’s Equality Day (August 1986)

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