Judge Janet L. Barke Cain

Carver County Courthouse
First Judicial District
(952) 361-1420

Chambers Phone: (952) 361-1760

First Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Janet L. Barke Cain


Appointed on Jan. 3, 2008, by Governor Tim Pawlenty.  Elected in 2010 and 2016.  Current term expires January 2023.


J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 1989, Cum Laude

  • Law Review, Dean’s List, National Dean’s Honor Roll, Merit Scholarship recipient, and American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence & Litigation Practice

B.S., University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, 1986

  • Dean’s List


Judge – First Judicial District: 2008 – present
Serving: Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, LeSueur, McLeod, Scott, and Sibley counties.

Carver County Attorneys’ Office
Assistant Carver County Attorney
Juvenile Division Head: December 1996 – January 2008
Civil Division: February 1996 – January 1997
Criminal Division: March 1994 – February 1996

Minneapolis City Attorneys’ Office
Assistant City Attorney, Criminal Division: December 1992 – March 1994

Hennepin County District Court
Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Schiefelbein: August 1989 – December 1992

Salmen, Brinkman & Martinson, PA
Law Clerk: May 1988 – March 1989

Minneapolis City Attorneys’ Office
Law Clerk & Intern: May 1985 – 1988

Chief Federal District Court Judge Alsop
Intern: September 1987 – December 1987

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota Supreme Court Juvenile Protection Rules Committee: 2007 - present

Minnesota District Judges Association Board of Directors: 2011 - present

Minnesota Supreme Court Children’s Justice Initiative—Pilot County: 2001 - present

Lead Judge, Carver County Children’s Justice Initiative: 2008 – present

First Judicial District Equal Justice Committee: 2007 - present

Minnesota Supreme Court Juvenile Delinquency Rules Committee: 2001 - 2006

Minnesota Supreme Court Sentencing Forms Subcommittee: 2004 - 2005

Minnesota Supreme Court Children’s Justice Initiative Committee: 2004 - 2005

Minnesota District Judges Association: 2008 – present

Minnesota State Bar Association: 2008 – present

First District Bar Association: 2008 - present

Eighth District Bar Association: 2008 - present

Dakota County Bar Association: 2008 - present


Minnesota Judicial Branch Juvenile Faculty Development  - One of three judges in the State of Minnesota who develops and implements juvenile training for all State of Minnesota District Court judges.

Minnesota District Judges Foundation Fall Conference

Annual Conference of Judges

Family Law Institute

Divorce Camp

Children’s Justice Initiative Conference

Criminal Justice Institute

Minnesota County Attorneys’ Child Support Conference

Carver County Sheriff Training

Carver County Community Social Services Training

Community Activities:

District 191 Community Education Advisory Council: 2004 - present

Speaking at local schools & community colleges: 1994 - present

Volunteer activities for District 191 Schools: 1997 - present

Neighborhood fundraising for many charitable organizations: 1994 - 2007