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Judge Fred Karasov

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

Chambers Phone: (612) 348-6405
Reporter: (612) 596-2870 – for transcript requests only
Law Clerk: (612) 596-1204
Judicial Clerk: (612) 348-1370

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Fred Karasov


Appointed Mar. 10, 2008, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Elected in 2010 and 2016.


J.D. Degree, William Mitchell College of Law, Cum laude, 1983

M.S. Degree, Northeastern University, Criminal Justice Studies, 1978

B.A. Degree, University of Minnesota, Interdepartmental Major, 1976


Hennepin County Attorney’s Office; Senior Attorney; most recent position, Senior Attorney, Violent Crimes Division; also worked in Juvenile Prosecution Division and Juvenile Protection Division

Minnesota Army National Guard; Judge Advocate General (JAG); currently serving as military judge

Adjunct faculty, William Mitchell College of Law; Advanced Trial Advocacy

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office; Senior Deputy Sheriff

Additional Activities:

Local, state and national speaker on a variety of topics including child abuse, adult sexual assault, evidence, trial skills, law enforcement training on search and seizure, Fifth Amendment issues, report writing, courtroom testimony, training for new prosecutors, etc.

Law school instructor
- St. Thomas University, Evidence, 2012-Present 
- William Mitchell, adjunct professor, Advanced Trial Advocacy, 2007-Present
- University of Minnesota, Trial Advocacy, 2011-Present

Mock trial coach and judge

Moot court judge

Arbitration and negotiation judge

Soccer and softball coach


Criminal, 8/3/12-Present
Juvenile, 10/2009-8/2/12
Criminal, 3/2008-9/2009