Minnesota Supreme Court

The Minnesota Supreme Court is, in effect, the final arbiter of the constitutional rights of the people of the state of Minnesota. Supreme Court decisions often serve as precedent for future cases.


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Currently, the Supreme Court reviews petitions in approximately 800 cases a year and accepts review in about 1 in 8 cases. These cases can come from the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals, Tax Court, Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, and Board of Judicial Standards. Election contests and appeals for first-degree murder cases are automatically appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is responsible for the regulation of the practice of law and for judicial and lawyer discipline. Additionally, as the highest court in Minnesota, it promulgates rules of practice and procedure for the legal system in the state.

Each justice is a liaison to a number of Supreme Court boards and other state policy commissions that are charged with responsibilities ranging from day-to-day administration to strategic planning.


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It is always possible that a matter scheduled for oral argument might be stricken or rescheduled.
For current information, contact the Clerk of Appellate Courts at (651) 296-2581.

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Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Effective July 8, 2016, webcasts of Minnesota Supreme Court oral arguments are available on the Minnesota Judicial Branch website.
 
The Minnesota Judicial Branch is currently implementing a searchable, online database of archived Supreme Court oral argument webcasts, which will allow users to access all recorded oral arguments from September 2005 to the present.
 
While that database is in development, site visitors have two options for accessing webcasts of Minnesota Supreme Court oral arguments: The searchable, online database will be available soon. Thank you for your patience.