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Welcome to the 4th Judicial District of Minnesota

The State of Minnesota's 87 counties are organized into 10 Judicial Districts. The 4th Judicial District includes only Hennepin County. It is the state's largest trial court, handling over 550,000 cases in 2013. The 62 judges, 15 referees and 525 staff members strive to provide an accessible, fair, courteous, efficient and innovative system of justice. » Learn more about courts in Minnesota.

News & Notices

Valentine's Day Weddings Hennepin judges wed 23 couples for free on Valentine's Eve
Love was in the air as 12 District Court judges united 23 couples in matrimony for free on Valentine’s Eve in the Hennepin County Government Center atrium over the noon hour. » Read more…
Judge Kevin Burke Judge Kevin Burke Receives Merit Award
Fourth Judicial District Judge Kevin Burke received the Chief Justice Richard W. Holmes Award of Merit at the American Judges Association luncheon earlier this month. The award is given to a judge for outstanding contributions to the judiciary. "It was a pretty cool thing that caught me completely off guard," said Judge Burke.
Ralph Campbell Ralph Campbell to Receive Pihlaja Award
The Fourth Judicial District has chosen Ralph Campbell as the next recipient of the Steven A. Pihlaja Award in recognition for his years of volunteer service in District Court. » Learn more...