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American Board of Trial Advocates Honors Judge John Van de North as Trial Judge of the Year
The Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) presented Judge John Van De North with its 2014 Trial Judge of the Year Award at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting on August 21 in Minneapolis. The award recognizes outstanding service and the promotion of integrity and civility in the courtroom, and recipients are chosen by Minnesota ABOTA’s Executive Committee.
Judge Van de North was recognized for his contributions as district court judge for 16 years. In the words of ABOUTA President George Soule, "He supports the right to trial by jury and has tried countless cases, including many high-profile civil and criminal matters, in a fair, impartial, and professional manner. He promotes integrity and civility among all parties in his courtroom, and he is recognized by his colleagues as a judge’s judge, in that he is always available for advice and mentoring.”
ABOTA is an organization of experienced and ethical trial lawyers. Its mission is to preserve the right to a civil jury trial guaranteed by the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, ethics, civility, and courtesy in the legal profession. For more information, contact George Soule, President, Minnesota ABOTA, (612) 251-5518, email@example.com.
Thomas A. Gilligan, Jr. Appointed to Fill Second Judicial District Vacancy
Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Mr. Thomas A. Gilligan, Jr. as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. Mr. Gilligan will be replacing the Honorable Gail Chang Bohr, who retired earlier this year. Mr. Gilligan will be chambered at St. Paul in Ramsey County.
“Thomas Gilligan’s decades of legal experience and history of service to his community have prepared him well for this important position,” said Governor Dayton. “I am confident Mr. Gilligan will serve the people of the Second Judicial District with integrity and excellence.”
Mr. Gilligan is a shareholder and trial lawyer with the law firm of Murnane Brandt, where he has practiced for 24 years in civil litigation, focusing on personal injury, toxic tort, and employment discrimination matters. He also serves as a guardian ad litem with the Ramsey County Guardian Ad Litem Program, and is a former adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School. Mr. Gilligan earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law.
Mr. Gilligan is a volunteer attorney for the Tubman Safety Project and a board member of the St. Paul Blackhawks Soccer Club and the Sanneh Foundation.
Mr. Gilligan resides in Arden Hills with his family.
More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection, as well as vacancies it is currently considering, can be found at http://mn.gov/governor/appointments/judicial-appointments/
Judge John H. Guthmann Grants Petition Regarding On-line Voter Registration
Hon. John H. Guthman signed an Order Granting Petition for and Issuing a Writ of Quo Warranto yesterday in Civil Case 62-CV-13-7718 entitled, "Minnesota Voters Alliance, Minnesota Majority, Minnesota House of Representative Steve Drazkowski, Minnesota House of Representative Ernie Leidiger, Minnesota House of Representative Mary Franson, and House of Representative Jim Newberger vs. State of Minnesota, and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, in his official capacity, or his successor." The case involves the creation of an on-line voter registration tool permitting prospective voters to deliver their voter registration applications electronically.
Jennifer L. Frisch Appointed to Fill Second Judicial District Vacancy
Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Ms. Jennifer L. Frisch as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. Ms. Frisch will be replacing the Honorable Kathleen R. Gearin, who retired earlier this year. The judgeship will be chambered at St. Paul in Ramsey County. Press Release
Guidelines for Domestic Abuse Cases
The Second Judicial District Family Violence Coordinating Council has published Guidelines and Procedures for Domestic Abuse-Related Criminal Cases that was approved in September. The Court would like to make these guidelines accessible to the public.
Recently, the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners approved the Ramsey County Law Library Board of Trustees to an increase in Law Library Fees as follows: increase all civil fees, including probate, from $10.00 to $15.00; increase all criminal fees from $5.00 to $10.00, and an added $3.00 fee for parking violations, effective September 1, 2013.
These fees are specific to the Second Judicial District (Ramsey County) only.
All Criminal convictions after September 1, 2013 are subject to the fee increase. Any filings postmarked prior to September 1, 2013 will not be subject to the fee increase.
Filing Fees Effective 9-1-2013
Judges Van de North and Guthmann publish Condemnation Proceedings Policies and Procedures for 2nd District
Condemnation Commissioner policies and procedures of the Second Judicial District, consistent with the law governing eminent domain proceedings and Minnesota General Rules of Practice, define the duties and responsibilities of the court, petitioners and commissioners in eminent domain proceedings. Future updates will be posted to the Condemnation Proceedings page of this site.
Official Notice Regarding Appointment of Condemnation Commissioners
List of Potential Condemnation Commissioners
Jeffrey M. Bryan Appointed to Fill Second Judicial District Vacancy
Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Mr. Jeffrey M. Bryan as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. Mr. Bryan will be replacing the Honorable J. Thomas Mott, who retired earlier this year. The judgeship will be chambered at St. Paul in Ramsey County.
"I am very pleased to appoint Mr. Jeffrey Bryan to serve Minnesota’s Second Judicial District,” said Governor Dayton. “Throughout his career, Mr. Bryan has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to justice. His extensive legal experience, strong knowledge of the law, and commitment to public service have prepared him well to carry out his judicial duties with excellence.
Mr. Bryan currently is an Assistant United States Attorney, where he prosecutes white collar defendants, violent gangs, drug trafficking organizations, and career criminals. Previously, Mr. Bryan was an Associate Attorney at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, specializing in complex civil litigation. After law school, Mr. Bryan served as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul A. Magnuson, U.S. District Court Judge. He received his B.A. with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from Yale Law School.
Additionally, Mr. Bryan is an active member of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, and previously served on the Macalester-Groveland Community Council and chaired the Minnesota Minority Recruiting Conference Committee for Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
$3.00 eService Fee Eliminated
The Minnesota Judicial Branch is pleased to announce that, effective Monday, July 8, 2013, the $3.00 fee for eService has been eliminated. eService, which allows litigants who eFile their cases to serve other parties via email, is a service of the Minnesota Judicial Branch’s eCourtMN Initiative. If you have questions regarding this information, please contact the eFile Support Center.
$2 Technology Fee Effective July 1, 2013
The 2013 Legislature has established a new $2 Technology Fee to be applied to all fees collected under Minn. Stat. § 357.021, subd. 2, clauses (1) to (13), effective July 1, 2013. 2013 Minn. Laws, Chap. 86, Article 3, section 6. Minn. Stat. § 357.021, subd. 2b.
The $2.00 Technology Fee will be added for each of the following fees assessed in the case:
(1) In every civil action or proceeding in said court, including any case arising under the tax laws of the state that could be transferred or appealed to the Tax Court, the plaintiff, petitioner, or other moving party shall pay, when the first paper is filed for that party in said action, a fee of $310, except in marriage dissolution actions the fee is $340.
The defendant or other adverse or intervening party, or any one or more of several defendants or other adverse or intervening parties appearing separately from the others, shall pay, when the first paper is filed for that party in said action, a fee of $310, except in marriage dissolution actions the fee is $340.
The party requesting a trial by jury shall pay $100….
(2) Certified copy of any instrument from a civil or criminal proceeding, $14, and $8 for an uncertified copy.
(3) Issuing a subpoena, $16 for each name.
(4) Filing a motion or response to a motion in civil, family, excluding child support, and guardianship cases, $100.
(5) Issuing an execution and filing the return thereof; issuing a writ of attachment, injunction, habeas corpus, mandamus, quo warranto, certiorari, or other writs not specifically mentioned, $55.
(6) Issuing a transcript of judgment, or for filing and docketing a transcript of judgment from another court, $40.
(7) Filing and entering a satisfaction of judgment, partial satisfaction, or assignment of judgment, $5.
(8) Certificate as to existence or nonexistence of judgments docketed, $5 for each name certified to.
(9) Filing and indexing trade name; or recording basic science certificate; or recording certificate of physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, veterinarians, or optometrists, $5.
(10) For the filing of each partial, final, or annual account in all trusteeships, $55.
(11) For the deposit of a will, $27.
(12) For recording notary commission, $20.
(13) Filing a motion or response to a motion for modification of child support, a fee of $100.
The technology fee will be placed in a special revenue account, to be administered by the Minnesota Judicial Council, and will be used to fund justice system technology projects.