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Mission Statement of the Judicial Council

The purpose of the Minnesota Judicial Council is to govern the Judicial Branch through the establishment and monitoring of administrative policies designed to achieve an accessible, fair and timely system of justice statewide and to ensure that the Judicial Branch functions as an independent and accountable branch of government.

In support of this purpose, the Judicial Council will exercise administrative policy-making authority for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Development and implementation of the branch strategic plan;
  • Budget priorities, budget request, and submission of the Judicial Branch budget request to the executive and legislative branches;
  • Collective bargaining;
  • Human resources;
  • Technology;
  • Education and organizational development;
  • Finance, including budget distribution amongst levels of court and amongst districts;
  • Programs, including jury, Guardian ad Litem, interpreter, expedited child support, and Children’s Justice Initiative; and
  • Core services, court performance and accountability.

The Judicial Council will fulfill its purpose with a commitment to:

  • Making decisions based on statewide values, needs, priorities, and goals in concert with the fair allocation of resources;
  • Deliberating in many voices, but governing in one;
  • Communicating openly and regularly with all stakeholders;
  • Measuring achievement of statewide goals and policies;
  • Focusing on strategies designed to meet future needs;
  • Involving judges and administrators in implementation of policies; and
  • Recognizing the needs of judicial districts to adopt local policies not inconsistent with Judicial Council policies.