Referee Jason T. Hutchison

Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-2040
Chambers Phone: (612) 348-9004
Reporter: (612) 596-2870 – for transcript requests only

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Referee Jason T. Hutchison

Presiding judicial officer for:

  • Housing Court: commercial and residential evictions, rent escrow actions, tenant remedy actions, municipal nuisance/hazardous properties, and related matters
  • Harassment Restraining Orders: first appearances, motions, and evidentiary hearings
  • Criminal: Petty misdemeanor court trials
  • Professional Interests: Increased effectiveness of self-represented litigant resources and increased access to justice; e-Discovery and electronically stored information (ESI); transparency of court records and accountability of judiciary

Since 2012, Referee Hutchison and his Housing Court team members have:

  • Re-structured court calendaring to minimize missed court appearances for litigants with childcare, public transportation, and other real-world limitations to access to courts
  • Improved access to justice by adopting new policies to accept money orders to accommodate litigants without access to traditional banking resources

Professional/Volunteer Activities and Awards:

  • Minnesota Supreme Court General Rules of Practice Advisory Committee – Member
  • State Court BenchWorks Judicial Officer Validation Team (JOVT) – Member
  • 4th Judicial District IT Governance Advisory Board – Co-chair
  • 4th Judicial District Housing Court Bench and Bar – Facilitator
  • Twin Cities E-Discovery Forum – Participant
  • Hennepin County Bar Association Law Day “Tell it to the judge” listening session – May 1, 2014 | University of Minnesota Urban Outreach and Engagement Center
  • 4th Judicial District Facilities Committee (former member)
  • 4th Judicial District Criminal Justice Task Force (former member)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Moot Court judge for high school students (2013 & 2014)
  • Testified before the Minnesota House and Senate Public Safety and Judiciary committees on HF 2149 / SF1657 | 2012 – A bill to establish Female Genital Mutilation as a Qualified Domestic Violence-Related Offense (QDVRO)
  • Crime Free Multi-Housing Program Phase I: Management Training certification


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 2003
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris, 1996
  • Normandale Community College, 1992 - 1994

Assignment History:

  • Family Court 11/30/16 – Present