Judge Paul R. Scoggin

Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-6000

Chambers Phone: (612) 596-1494
Reporter: (612) 596-2870 – for transcript requests only
Law Clerk: (612) 596-1494

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Paul R. Scoggin


Appointed Jan. 2, 2015, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2016 and 2022. Current term expires December 31, 2028.


J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1984
B.S., Saint John’s University, 1981

Judicial Activities:

Lead Judge, Felony Crimes Against Person Division
Past member, District Court Executive Committee
Chair, Court History Committee; Education Committee; Facilities Committee
Judicial Representative, Advisory Committee for the Rules of Criminal Procedure
Instructor, New judges training on criminal procedure, statewide judicial annual training on criminal law

Professional Activities:

Consulting Expert, U.S. Department of State Rule of Law Mission to the West Bank; 2011-17
Consulting Expert, U.S. Department of State Rule of Law Mission to the Jordan; 2011-12
Consulting Expert, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Rule of Law Mission to North Macedonia; 2010-11

Community Activities:

Vestry Member, St. Stephen's Church
Longtime youth athletics coach

Past Employment:

Assistant Hennepin County Attorney, 1984-2014

International Prosecutor, European Union External Action, 2009-2010


Criminal, Sept. 30, 2019-Present

Family, Oct. 30, 2017-Sept. 27, 2019
Criminal, Jan. 2015-Oct. 27, 2017

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