Planned maintenance will take place from 10:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. on both Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20. During these times, and most court applications may be unavailable for up to 30 minutes. eFS will NOT be affected. Please plan ahead.
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