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Judge Juan G. Hoyos

Juvenile Justice Center
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-4822

Chambers Phone: (612) 596-0836
Reporter: (612) 596-2870 – for transcript requests only
Law Clerk: (612) 596-0836
Judicial Clerk: (612) 596-0904

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Juan G. Hoyos


Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on Sept. 8, 2014. Elected in 2016. Current term expires Jan. 2023. 


Judge Hoyos earned his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He also graduated from Robbinsdale Cooper High School.

Past Employment:

Judge Hoyos has a broad background as both a criminal prosecutor and defense attorney. Most recently, he served as a prosecutor in Ramsey County where he handled felony cases, focusing primarily on violent crimes. Before that, he spent nearly 15 years as a public defender. During his career, Judge Hoyos tried more than 100 felony jury trials. 


  • Juvenile: March 6, 2017-Present
  • Felony Criminal Block: February 2015-March 5, 2017
  • Downtown Criminal Team: September 2014-February 2015

Professional Activities:

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Board member, Minnesota Board of Law Examiners
  • Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Member, Hennepin County District Court Executive Committee
  • Member, Hennepin County Domestic Violence Court Steering Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association’s House of Delegates
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member and former co-chair, Minnesota State Bar Association’s Public Law Council
  • Member and former president, Warren Burger Inn of Court
  • Member and former president, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association’s Judicial Division
  • Member, American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Gun Violence
  • Mentor to law students, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member and former president, Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Former bar exam grader, Minnesota Supreme Court, Board of Law Examiners
  • Panelist and author, various continuing legal education programs
  • Former board member, Minnesota State Bar Foundation
  • Former co-chair, Ramsey County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Former chair, Board of Directors, Resource Center of the Americas
  • Former vice chair, Board of Directors, Centro Legal

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