|Minnesota Supreme Court|
|Established||May 24, 1858|
|Location||Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Composition method||Nonpartisan election, appointment by the governor if filling midterm vacancy|
|Authorized by||Minnesota Constitution|
|Judge term length||6 years (mandatory retirement at the age of 70)|
|Number of positions||7|
|Currently||Lorie Skjerven Gildea|
|Since||July 1, 2010|
|Jurist term ends||January 6, 2025|
The Minnesota Supreme Court is the highest court in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The court hears cases in the Supreme Court chamber in the Minnesota State Capitol or in the nearby Minnesota Judicial Center.
The court was first assembled as a three-judge panel in 1849 when Minnesota was still a territory. The first members were lawyers from outside the region, appointed by President Zachary Taylor. The court system was rearranged when Minnesota became a state in 1858.
Appeals from Minnesota District Courts went directly to the Minnesota Supreme Court until the Minnesota Court of Appeals, an intermediate appellate court, was created in 1983 to handle most of those cases. The court now considers about 900 appeals per year and accepts review in about one in eight cases. Before the Court of Appeals was created, the Minnesota Supreme Court handled about 1,800 cases a year. Certain appeals can go directly to the Supreme Court, such as those involving taxes, first degree murder, and workers' compensation.
The seven justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court are elected to renewable six-year terms. When a midterm vacancy occurs, the governor of Minnesota appoints a replacement to a term that ends after the general election occurring more than one year after the appointment. Most vacancies occur during a term. The most recent election to an open seat on the court was in 1992, when former Minnesota Vikings player Alan Page was elected. Judges in Minnesota have a mandatory retirement age of 70.
Anne McKeig, a descendant of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, became the first Native American justice in 2016. Her appointment also marked the second time the court had a majority of women since 1991.
In May 2020, Governor Tim Walz announced the appointment of Nobles County District Judge Gordon Moore, who replaced retiring Justice David Lillehaug.
The salary for the Supreme Court Chief Justice is $205,362 and $186,692 for associate justices.
Main article: List of justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court
See also: List of Chief Justices of Minnesota
|Seat||Justice||Born||Joined||Term ends||Mandatory retirement||Appointed by||Law school|
|Chief Justice||Lorie Skjerven Gildea||October 6, 1961||January 11, 2006 (as Associate Justice)
July 1, 2010 (as Chief Justice)
|2024||October 31, 2031||Tim Pawlenty (R)||Georgetown|
|1||Barry Anderson||October 24, 1954||October 13, 2004||2024||October 31, 2024||Tim Pawlenty (R)||Minnesota|
|2||Margaret Chutich||June 18, 1958||March 17, 2016||2024||June 30, 2028||Mark Dayton (D)||Michigan|
|3||Gordon Moore||April 6, 1963||August 3, 2020||2028||April 30, 2033||Tim Walz (D)||Iowa|
|4||Paul Thissen||December 10, 1966||May 14, 2018||2026||December 31, 2036||Mark Dayton (D)||Chicago|
|5||Anne McKeig||February 9, 1967||August 31, 2016||2026||February 28, 2037||Mark Dayton (D)||Hamline|
|6||Natalie Hudson||January 13, 1957||October 26, 2015||2028||January 31, 2027||Mark Dayton (D)||Minnesota|