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Committee for Equality and Justice

In June 2010, the Minnesota Judicial Council created the Committee for Equality and Justice.   The Committee was established to advance the Judicial Branch's efforts to eliminate from court operations bias that is based on race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by law.  The Committee is charged with:

  1. Ensuring equal access to the courts and a fair and impartial courtroom;
  2. Providing fair treatment of court users and employees;
  3. Recommending education programs and course materials for judges and Judicial Branch employees;
  4. Continuing to implement and monitor the recommendations of the Minnesota Task Force on Gender Fairness in the Courts;
  5. Continuing to implement and monitor the recommendations of the Race Bias Task Force);
  6. Promoting diversity in the appointments to Judicial Branch committees and boards to reflect the population served by the Judicial Branch;
  7. Promoting diversity in the selection and retention of court employees to reflect the population served by the Judicial Branch;
  8. Promoting diversity in the selection of judges to reflect the population served by the Judicial Branch; and
  9. Promoting a high level of trust and public confidence in the judicial system.

Membership for the Committee for Equality and Justice is reflective of the state’s geographic and demographic diversity. It is comprised of 33 individuals who are justice system partners, attorneys, court employees, judges and members of the public.

Click here for information on Minnesota Court Equality and Justice Data.

Questions about the committee may be directed to:

Melanie Larsen Sinouthasy
State Court Administrator's Office
651-284-4343 
Minnesota Judicial Center (MJC)
25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155