Sixth Judicial District

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Welcome to the Sixth Judicial District, serving Minnesota's Arrowhead Region in Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis Counties. The District Bench includes 16 District Court Judges who are chambered throughout the District. Shaun R. Floerke serves as Chief Judge of the District, and is a member of the Judicial Council, which oversees the administration of justice in the state.

Together the judges and court administration staff work to provide just and timely resolution of more than 59,000 case filings each year.

Each county seat in the district has a courthouse; St Louis County has two additional courthouses in Hibbing and Virginia.  There is a court administration office for each location and a court administrator responsible for the day to day operation of that system. You can find information such as court calendars, fee schedules, jury information and contact information by selecting the desired location.
District Administration
100 N. 5th Ave. W.
Room 139
Duluth, MN 55802
 

Chief Judge

Honorable Shaun R. Floerke
 

Assistant Chief Judge

Honorable Gary J. Pagliaccetti
 

District Administrator

Marieta Johnson
 

Deputy District Administrator

Leanne Ventrella

Specialty courts are collaborations between the courts, probation, law enforcement, treatment providers and community partners that work to reduce recidivism of offenders who are chemically dependent. In lieu of incarceration, specialty courts use a treatment-based approach coupled with intensive supervision and judicial oversight to help chemically-dependent offenders maintain sobriety. The offenders enter the specialty court for at least a year, during which time they are expected to complete treatment and remain accountable to probation through providing random urinalysis tests and complying with random home visits.

The Sixth District has five specialty courts.  St. Louis County has four specialty courts: the Duluth Drug Court, the Duluth DWI Court, the Range Hybrid Drug/DWI Court, and the Duluth Mental Health Court. Each court has its own team of professionals that collaborate and meet weekly to help offenders succeed in the program. Each specialty court also requires that offenders appear in front of the judge and the team at weekly hearings.  Carlton County began operating a drug court in August 2014. 

By achieving a sober lifestyle, chemically-dependent offenders are less likely to commit crimes and are more likely to be employed and to be providers for their families. Specialty courts not only save money and increase public safety by reducing crime; they also change the lives of the offenders and their families.

For more information, please contact:
Theresa Bobula (click to contact)
Specialty Court Manager
100 North 5th Avenue West
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 726-2542

Michelle Zywicki (click to contact)
Duluth Mental Health Court
100 North 5th Avenue West #320
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 726-2464

Jared Hendler (click to contact)
Specialty Court Coordinator
Carlton and Duluth Drug & Range Hybrid Courts
100 North 5th Avenue West #320
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 720-1535

Jessica Lange (click to contact)
Specialty Court Coordinator
Duluth DWI Court
100 North 5th Avenue West #320
Duluth, MN 55803
(218) 720-1547
 
Rocket Docket
Expedited Civil Litigation Track Pilot Project Begins July 1
Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2013

The Minnesota Supreme Court has adopted court rule amendments authorizing an Expedited Civil Litigation Track Pilot Project, effective July 1, 2013. Some new civil cases filed in the district courts in St. Louis County (the Duluth location) and the City of Hastings, which is in Dakota County, will be assigned to the pilot track.

The goal of the project is to test whether a process that assures early involvement by a judge, limited discovery, curtailed continuances, and the setting of a trial date within four to six months can reduce the duration and cost of civil suits.

“We want people a year from now to say that this is a great way to get these cases done quickly,” said Dakota County District Court Judge Jerome Abrams, who was on the Civil Justice Reform Task Force, which recommended the amendments.

The pilot project, which will focus on cases involving contract disputes, consumer credit, personal injury, and some other types of civil cases, could affect as many as 150 in Duluth and 450 cases in Dakota County over a 12-month period.

Judges will determine if cases meet certain criteria in Duluth, and in Dakota County, cases will be assigned randomly.

Case Management:
  • Mandatory Early Case Management Conference
  • Trial Date Certain within 4-6 Months
  • No Continuances (unless extraordinary circumstances as decided by the judge)
Read the Supreme Court order, the special rules, and the amendments (PDF)

For additional information contact:
St. Louis County - Duluth: 218-726-2460, X3 (Civil Division)
Dakota County: 651-438-8199 (Civil Division)

Note:  This is a pilot and will be evaluated after one year. Attorneys and litigants will be asked to complete an electronic survey when the case is closed to aid in the evaluation process.  Thank you in advance for participating in the evaluation.
Effective March 2, 2015, the Sixth District changed the way it handles all copy requests. If you’d like a copy of a document from any Sixth District court file, you must complete one of the forms below.

If you are a member of a government agency, please complete the Copy Request Form for Agencies.

For all other customers, please complete the Copy Request Form.

Complete the form and mail it to the address given on the form. Staff at the Copy Center will then process your request or route it accordingly.  

Call (218) 834-8330 or (800) 450-8832 if you have questions.