Supreme Court

7 members, En Banc panel


Appeals from:
Court of Appeals decisions
Trial court decisions if Supreme Court decides to bypass the Court of Appeals
Tax Court decisions, Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals decisions
Review of all first-degree murder convictions
 
Original Actions:
Election Disputes; Professional Regulation 
 

2017 Supreme Court Direct Appeals

 
Cases Filed
Dispositions
Workers' Compensation
14
21
Tax Court
12
7
Professional Regulation
57
59
First Degree Homicide
19
16
Writs
1
1
Miscellaneous
5
5
Total Direct Appeals
108
109


2017 Supreme Court Petitions for Further/Accelerated Review (PFR/PAR)

 
Count
Filed
635
Review Denied
559
Granted Further/Accelerated Review
81
Other (Remand, dismiss)
11


2017 Supreme Court Opinions

 
Count
Affirmed
56
Affirmed in Part
5
Reverse/Remand
27
Other (Discipline, dismiss, other disposition)
16
Total
104

Supreme Court Begins Livestreaming of Oral Arguments

In an effort to increase public access to the work of the state’s highest court, the Minnesota Supreme Court announced in August that it would begin livestreaming video of oral arguments held in both the Minnesota State Capitol Courtroom and the Supreme Court’s courtroom in the Minnesota Judicial Center.

The first oral arguments livestreamed by the Supreme Court were held on August 28, in Case No. A17-1142, The Ninetieth Minnesota State Senate, et al. vs. Mark B. Dayton, et al. Thousands of Minnesotans tuned in to watch the proceedings, expanding access to a hearing held in a packed courtroom.

By the end of 2017, the Supreme Court had livestreamed 41 oral arguments. Both the livestreams of oral arguments, and recorded video of oral arguments available on-demand.
 

Regulating the Practice of Law in Minnesota

In addition to holding oral arguments, disposing of cases at special term, and deciding cases in written opinions, the Supreme Court is responsible for the regulation of the practice of law in Minnesota. Under its auspices, a bar examination is given twice a year to law school graduates, and the Court admits successful applicants to the practice of law at monthly ceremonies. The Court also continually monitors attorneys through yearly registrations, required reporting of continuing education credits, and administration of the lawyer discipline process. The Supreme Court can take disciplinary action, such as suspension or removal, against attorneys or judges who have violated ethical rules.
The Supreme Court has established several boards to help oversee this work, including: the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board; the Client Security Board; the Board of Law Examiners; the Board of Legal Certification; and the Board of Continuing Legal Education, which includes the Lawyer Registration Office.
 

Demographic Data

In January 2016, the Lawyer Registration Office began collecting race/ethnicity information in addition to gender data from attorneys during the lawyer registration process.  The following data was reported in 2017.
 

Active Attorneys

Race/Ethnicity
Active Admitted 0 to 10 yrs
Active Admitted 11 to 20 yrs
Active Admitted 21 to 30 yrs
Active Admitted 31 to 40 yrs
Active Admitted 41+ yrs
Active Total
Total Active & Inactive
 
Asian/Pacific Islander
346
207
72
17
2
644
786
 
Black/African American
197
135
110
39
17
498
582
 
Hispanic/Latino
140
67
46
13
1
267
311
 
Native American/ Alaskan
36
31
31
5
4
107
118
 
White/Caucasian
5966
4928
4117
3482
1634
20127
23259
 
Multiple
158
67
29
13
8
275
312
 
Choose Not to Answer
1627
833
586
392
153
3591
4098
 
Totals
8470
6268
4991
3961
1819
25509
29466
 
 
Active Admitted 0 to 10 yrs
Active Admitted 11 to 20 yrs
Active Admitted 21 to 30 yrs
Active Admitted 31 to 40 yrs
Active Admitted 41+ yrs
Active Total
Total Active & Inactive
 
Female
3476
2746
1852
1085
127
9286
11161
 
Male
3884
3045
2790
2684
1613
14016
15810
 
Choose Not to Answer
1110
477
349
192
79
2207
2495
 
Total
8470
6268
4991
3961
1819
25509
29466
 


Inactive Attorneys

Race/Ethnicity
Inactive Admitted 0 to 10 yrs
Inactive Admitted 11 to 20 yrs
Inactive Admitted 21 to 30 yrs
Inactive Admitted 31 to 40 yrs
Inactive Admitted 41+ yrs
Inactive Total
Total Active & Inactive
 
Asian/Pacific Islander
50
61
26
5
0
142
786
 
Black/African American
16
30
27
7
4
84
582
 
Hispanic/Latino
13
19
11
1
0
44
311
 
Native American/ Alaskan
3
2
6
0
0
11
118
 
White/Caucasian
512
947
868
618
187
3132
23259
 
Multiple
7
19
5
5
1
37
312
 
Choose Not to Answer
115
145
151
73
23
507
4098
 
Total
794
1112
1100
692
189
3887
29466
 
 
Inactive Admitted 0 to 10 yrs
Inactive Admitted 11 to 20 yrs
Inactive Admitted 21 to 30 yrs
Inactive Admitted 31 to 40 yrs
Inactive Admitted 41+ yrs
Inactive Total
Total Active & Inactive
 
Female
352
669
546
280
28
1875
11161
 
Male
305
468
459
382
180
1794
15810
 
Choose Not to Answer
59
86
89
47
7
288
2495
 
Total
794
1112
1100
692
189
3887
29466