Judge JaPaul Harris

Took office as district court judge on July 11, 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2021.


Syracuse University, B.A., 2000
Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 2003

Referee Experience:

Appointed August 2012
  • 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
  • Mental Health Civil Commitment; and
  • Juvenile Court

Prior Legal Experience:

  • Managing/Supervising Attorney, Mid Minnesota Legal Aid
  • Minneapolis Public School District
  • Staff Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Minnesota Supreme Committee for Equality and Justice: Committee Member (January 2014 - Present); Education Subcommittee Chair (September 2015 – Present)
  • Fourth Judicial District Equal Justice Committee: Committee Member (August 2012 - Present)
  • Fourth Judicial District Housing Court Bench and Bar: Facilitator
  • Saint Paul Human Rights Commission
  • Taught Advocacy at William Mitchell College of Law
  • University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, 2007 - 2008 Policy Fellows Program (September 2007 - June 2008)
  • Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Oxford Recreation Center: Youth Athletics Coach (August 2004 - Present)
  • Former Member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Racial Fairness Committee (January 2007 - May 2011)
  • Former Member of the Minnesota State Board on Aging (May 2012 - January 2013)
  • Former Member of the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions Board of Directors: District Director