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Judicial Referee, Hennepin County

Posted 2 years ago

Salary $148,602.96 AnnuallyLocation Minneapolis, MNJob TypeFull-Time PermanentDepartmentFourth Judicial DistrictJob Number06694-00973470Closing4/5/2021 11:59 PM Central


Hennepin County District Court invites qualified applicants for a full-time Judicial Referee position, with duties in both Criminal and Civil Divisions, with the potential to be reassigned to other areas of the court as needed. The appointment will be made by the Hennepin County District Court Chief Judge.

This position supports the Judicial Branch’s mission to increase access to justice for all people in the State of Minnesota.

The selected candidate will be expected to report onsite to perform job duties with the flexibility to work remotely, as needed. This position will be located in the Hennepin County Government Center, in downtown Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Judicial Branch offers a comprehensive benefits package.  To learn more about benefits, click here.Example of Duties

  • Hears contested and uncontested cases, trials, motions, and hearings, including harassment restraining order evidentiary hearings, petty criminal court trials, criminal expungement matters, and housing court matters as assigned.
  • Instructs parties and witnesses as to their rights.
  • Questions witnesses; inquires as to the causes for which the persons are brought before the court.
  • Rules on objections to evidence; evaluates evidence.
  • Makes decisions on factual and legal questions; prepares findings and orders regarding the disposition of cases.
  • Completes and prepares orders for a judge’s signature; confers with attorneys and the public in regard to court matters.
  • Conducts legal research to prepare for court proceedings and litigated matters.
  • Collaborates with other judicial officers and confers with attorneys, justice partners, and the public in regard to court matters.
  • Acts as a District Court criminal expungement and housing court expert for the bench and as a liaison with partner agencies and the community, giving presentations to judicial, legal and community groups.
  • Supervises one Law Clerk.
  • Performs related work as required by the Court.

Typical Qualifications

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.
  • A combined five years of experience as either an attorney representing and/or advising clients in practice, or as a judicial officer.
  • As this position may be working partially remotely, access to reliable internet connection is required during this time.

Minimum Licensure/Certifications:

  • Admission to the Bar of the State of Minnesota; eligibility to practice law before the courts of the State of Minnesota.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of state laws and court rulings as they pertain to the assigned division of the court, specifically criminal, criminal expungement, harassment, and/or general civil law.
  • Ability to be fair, impartial, and sensitive to the needs of a diverse population.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and collaborative with team members and justice partners and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Thorough knowledge of general and specific law, state laws, established precedents, and sources of legal reference.
  • Thorough knowledge of court procedures, rules of evidence, and trial and courtroom procedures.
  • Ability to apply legal principles and specialized knowledge to individual cases and problems.
  • Ability to prepare for hearings and trials, hear difficult cases and present findings, decisions, and other material clearly and logically in oral and written form.
  • Ability to maintain control and courtroom decorum with parties in crisis who often have limited understanding of court proceedings,

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Courtroom and litigation experience in both criminal, criminal expungement, housing, or general civil matters.
  • Works well under pressure with excellent case and time management skills.
  • Extensive experience as a problem-solving critical thinker.
  • Possess a broad organizational perspective to improve the administration of justice in Hennepin County District Court.

Supplemental Information

The Minnesota Judicial Branch (MJB) is committed to providing fair and equal access to justice. If you share this same commitment, desire a meaningful career serving the public, and want the opportunity to make a difference for your community, consider a career with us. We celebrate and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and actively seek and encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and characteristics. Minnesota Judicial Branch employees consistently express pride in their public service and in the quality of programs and services provided to customers, as well as appreciation for the teamwork and collaboration that is promoted within the MJB.  To learn more about working for the Minnesota Judicial Branch, watch this video.
Instructions for Applying:
Complete and submit your application online.  Complete and submit your online application with resume and cover letter attached.  Applications without a resume and cover letter will be considered incomplete.
All employment offers are contingent upon satisfactory results of background screening. An employment offer may be rescinded if the background screens identify job related concerns. Please contact Bree Dalager, Human Resources Coordinator, with questions regarding this posting via email:; or phone: 612-348-2298.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
It is the policy of the Minnesota Judicial Branch that all decisions regarding employment are made without discrimination on the basis of disability. Please let us know if you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability to participate in the employee selection process by contacting Human Resources via email:

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