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National Recognition for Beltrami County Domestic Violence Court
In December 2017, Beltrami County’s Domestic Violence Court was named a national mentor court by the U.S. Department of Justice. As one of seven programs chosen across the county, the judges and other officials who lead the Beltrami County Domestic Violence Court now assist other communities across the country in implementing or improving similar programs, or enhancing their current responses to domestic violence cases.

The Beltrami County Domestic Violence Court was founded in 2013 with the aim of reducing domestic violence in Beltrami County. Defendants who meet certain criteria appear in front of a judge, who often requires them to attend classes and seek therapy and comply with other conditions.

Ninth District Takes on Statewide Jury Summoning Work
In 2017, the Ninth Judicial District established the Statewide Jury Summoning and Qualification Unit, which is now responsible for the summoning and qualification of jurors for all 87 of Minnesota’s district courts.
Staff in this Unit are responsible for the statewide processing of juror qualification questionnaires submitted by mail or online, determining juror qualifications, reviewing juror requests to be excused for hardship, and fielding questions from jurors regarding their qualifications.

The creation of the Statewide Jury Summoning and Qualification Unit in the Ninth Judicial District is part of a broader effort to ensure statewide access to court services. Read Reengineering Minnesota’s Courts for more information on this and similar initiatives.