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Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice appointed to Judicial Conference Committee

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has appointed Minnesota Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea to serve on the Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction. The 14-member Committee is made up of state supreme court chief justices and federal appellate court, district court, bankruptcy court, and magistrate judges from across the country. Among other subjects, the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction has made recommendations to the Judicial Conference on topics including habeas corpus procedures, class action and mass torts, diversity jurisdiction, and venues and transfer procedures. The Committee is chaired by Senior Judge Richard R. Clifton of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Chief Justice Gildea will begin her term on the respected Committee immediately. Her term concludes October 1, 2020.
“I am pleased to serve as a state court liaison on the Federal-State Jurisdiction committee,” Chief Justice Gildea said. “Minnesota’s court system and administration is often tapped as a resource for best practices by other states. I look forward to representing the experiences of our system to the federal courts and working with the Committee to develop recommendations for the Judicial Conference.”
The Judicial Conference is the policy making body for the federal court system. Congress established the Conference under the name Conference of Senior Circuit Judges in 1922. In 1948, Congress changed the Conference’s name to the Judicial Conference, as it is known today. The Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction was established in 1987.
Judicial Conference committees, such as the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction, advise the Conference on a variety of subjects, such as court jurisdiction, information technology, probation and pretrial services, space and facilities, security, budget, defender services, court administration, and rules of practice and procedure. The Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court has sole authority to make committee appointments.