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Racial Fairness Committee

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Mission and History

The Racial Fairness Committee’s mission: "To identify and eliminate barriers to racial and cultural fairness in all components of the Minnesota judicial system and create action plans to ensure public trust and confidence in the courts."

The Minnesota Supreme Court created the Task Force on Racial Bias in the Courts on December 20, 1990. The first Task Force meeting was held on January 17, 1991. On June 10, 1993, the Task Force released its Final Report (PDF).

The Supreme Court also ordered the creation of the Implementation Committee on Multicultural Diversity and Racial Fairness in the Courts, later known as the Racial Fairness Committee. The Racial Fairness Committee was charged with implementing and monitoring the recommendations of the Task Force's Report.

The Racial Fairness Committee sunset in December 2010.  The Racial Fairness Committee's charge and mission is carried on through the new Judicial Council advisory committee; the Committee for Equality and Justice. You can read the Final Progress Report for the Racial Fairness Committee here: Final Progress Report: December 2010.

Community Dialogue Sessions

Since June 2008 the Racial Fairness Committee, along with the Equal Justice Committees from each judicial district, engaged in an initiative aimed at learning how the community views racial and ethnic fairness in the Minnesota Court system. The Community Dialogue Plan was piloted on June 30, 2008 in the Second Judicial District.

Pilot Session Report - St. Paul, June 2008

Since the pilot session other judicial districts have hosted Community Dialogue Sessions with their local community members. Below are the final summary reports* from each Community Dialogue Session that has been held utilizing this plan.

Tenth Judicial District Community Dialogue Session Report - Grand Casino, Hinckley, February 2012
Tenth Judicial District Community Dialogue Session Report - Hinckley, May 2011
Third Judicial District Community Dialogue Session Report - Rochester, October 2010
First Judicial District Community Dialogue Session Report - Chaska, April 2010
Tenth Judicial District Community Dialogue Session Report - Columbia Heights, May 2009
First Judicial District Community Dialogue Session Report - Eagan, September 2008
First Judicial District Community Dialogue Session Report - Dakota County Jail, October 2008

*The suggestions proposed at the Community Dialogue Sessions are reported here to reflect the substance of the discussion at each Dialogue Session. Unless otherwise noted, the Judicial Branch has not formally adopted these suggestions for implementation.

Contact:
Kim Larson
Court Services Division