Judge Robert A. Docherty


Appointed Aug. 17, 2012, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2014 and 2020. Current term expires Jan. 2027.


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1987

B.A., English, Creighton University in Omaha, 1983


Managing Attorney, Mankato office of the Fifth Judicial District Public Defender’s Office

Assistant Public Defender, Fifth Judicial District

Attorney; Somsen, Schade and Franta; New Ulm

Staff attorney, Minnesota Court of Appeals

Professional and Community Activities:

Volunteer Mock Trial coach and judge, New Ulm High School

Board of Deacons, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

Former co-chair, New Ulm Human Rights Commission