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Judge Joseph T. Carter


Dakota County

Dakota County Courthouse
Phone: (651) 438-8100

Appointed/Elected:

Appointed January, 2001, by Governor Jesse Ventura. Elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014. Current term expires January 2021.

Education:

University of Minnesota (J.D. 1983); Barry University, Miami, FL (M.S.W. 1980); Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (B.A. 1979).

Legal Experience:

  • District Court Judge, First Judicial District: 1998 - present
  • Chief Public Defender, First Judicial District: 1998 - 2001
  • Assistant Second Judicial District Public Defender: 1987 - 1998
  • Staff Attorney, Hyatt Legal Services: 1986 - 1987
  • Assistant Scott County Attorney: 1985 - 1986
  • Staff Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services: 1983 - 1985

Professional and Community Activities:

Current:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association’s Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee, Judiciary Subcommittee - since Feb. 2014
  • PEER Court Judge - since Sept. 2013
  • Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court - since Sept. 2010
  • Dakota County Bar Association - since 2002
  • Minnesota State Judicial Trial Skills Training Program - since 2011
  • Minnesota District Judges Association - since 2001
  • Minnesota State Bar Association - since 2005
  • First District Judges Scheduling Committee - since fall 2012
  • Dakota County Community Corrections Advisory Board - since fall 2012
  • MSBA Criminal Law Accreditation Committee - since Jan. 2008
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers - since 1984

Past:

  • Minn. Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Gen. Rules of Practice - Aug. 2007 to Aug. 2014
  • Chair, First Judicial District Equal Justice Committee - Mar. 2007 to Jan. 2015
  • High School Mock Trial Attorney Teacher, Eastview H.S. - Sept. 1999 to June 2002
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Jury Task Force - April 20, 2000, to Jan. 28, 2003
  • South St. Paul Restorative Justice Council - Spring 1998 to spring 2002
  • Dakota County Victim Justice Council - Fall 2000 to spring 2001
  • Ramsey County Bar Association Executive Council - June 1997 to Dec. 1998
  • Dakota County Intermediate Sanctions Task Force - Jan. 1998 to Feb. 2001
  • Carver County Justice Advisory Council - Jan. 1998 to Feb. 2001
  • Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education - Nov. 1995 to Feb. 2001
  • Central Minnesota Legal Services - Feb. 1994 to spring 1997 
  • Bemidji Criminal Trial School - May 1995 to May 1999