Seventh Judicial District

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The Honorable Jay D. Carlson Elected Chief Judge
The Honorable Jay D. Carlson was elected to serve as chief judge of Minnesota's Seventh Judicial District by his fellow judges in the District in 2017. Chief Judge Carlson has served in the Seventh Judicial District since August 2006. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Carlson spent over 25 years in private practice. He is chambered in the Becker County Courthouse in Detroit Lakes.

The Honorable Sarah E. Hennesy was elected to serve as assistant chief judge in the district in 2017. Judge Hennesy was appointed to the bench in February 2012. She previously served as staff attorney for St. Cloud Area Legal Services from 2006 to 2012. Her chambers are located in the Mille Lacs County Courthouse in Milaca.
Stearns County Open Courthouse Event Celebrates Law Day
The Stearns County Courthouse opened its doors to the public as part of an “Open Courthouse” event on April 28. Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea, Associate Justice Margaret H. Chutich, and Seventh Judicial District Chief Judge John Scherer kicked off the event with a short program.  Visitors were able to participate in guided courthouse tours and a justice system information fair, and view informational displays about Stearns County history and the 14th Amendment.