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Judge Kathryn L. Quaintance

Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-2040
Chambers Phone: (612) 348-5067
Reporter: (612) 596-2870 – for transcript requests only
Law Clerk: (612) 596-7738
Judicial Clerk: (612) 348-5067

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Kathryn L. Quaintance

Appointed on Dec. 12, 2000 
Elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014.

Her current term expires in January 2021.


J.D., Rutgers Law School, 1986
B.A., Smith College, 1977

  • Deputy Hennepin County Attorney, 1999
  • Senior Hennepin County Attorney, Domestic Violence Unit, 1996
  • Hennepin County Attorney Office - Criminal Trials, 1990
  • Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, 1986

Additional Information:

Assignment History

  • Criminal, 3/2013-present
  • Juvenile Court Presiding Judge, 11/2008-2/2013
  • Juvenile, 7/2008-10/2008
  • Felony Block, 3/2006-6/2008
  • Juvenile, 1/2003-2/2006
  • Criminal, 12/2000-12/2000

Judicial Activity

  • Chair of the Fourth Judicial District committees on judicial education and mentoring of new judges
  • Representative to the Fourth Judicial District Executive Committee
  • Training Minnesota judges through Minnesota Supreme Court Judicial Education
  • Instructor with the National Judicial College
  • Past chair of the Hennepin County Fatality Review Project
  • Past co-chair of the Hennepin County Bar Association's Juvenile Law Section, 2004
  • Past chair of the multi-disciplinary committee on juvenile mental health issues