Supreme Court Justices, Judges, and Court Staff join in Capitol Grand Opening Celebration
Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017
Thousands of visitors to the Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration from August 11 to August 13 had the opportunity to learn about Minnesota’s court system from members of the Minnesota Supreme Court, and judges and court staff from across the state.
As part of the three-day event, current and former members of the Minnesota Supreme Court, along with members of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, greeted Capitol tour groups as they visit the renovated Supreme Court Capitol Courtroom. In the courtroom, visitors learned about the state’s highest court and how the Capitol renovations enhanced access to the historic courtroom.
In addition, judges and court staff from across Minnesota greeted Minnesotans at the Minnesota Judicial Branch information booth, which was part of an information fair. At the booth, judges and staff from the Court of Appeals and Minnesota’s district courts were on hand to answer questions about the state’s justice system, and share materials about Minnesota’s courts and self-help legal resources available to Minnesotans.
As a member of the Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Commission, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea had special responsibilities over the weekend, including serving ice cream at the Capitol Workers' Appreciation Ice Cream Social and Celebration on the evening of Sunday, August 13.
For as long as the Minnesota State Capitol has stood, the building has been at the center of Minnesota’s justice system. For nearly 90 years, the justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court were chambered in the Capitol, and nearly all oral arguments before the Court were heard in the Capitol Courtroom. Today, while Supreme Court justices are chambered in the nearby Minnesota Judicial Center, the state’s highest court still routinely hears oral arguments in the Capitol Courtroom.
“The Capitol restoration project was a historic investment in preserving the legacy of the past, while also preparing our state for the future,” said Chief Justice Gildea. “Nowhere is that more evident than in the State Capitol Courtroom, which is now as beautiful as it was a century ago, but also more accessible and functional for the people we serve. Those of us who serve in the Minnesota Judicial Branch were eager to join in this historic celebration, and showcase this wonderful building for the people of Minnesota.”