Court of Appeals Opinions

Opinion Policies

Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10:00 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday. When a Monday is a holiday, opinions are issued on Tuesday.   

On Wednesday of every week, the Court of Appeals will distribute a notice that informs counsel, self-represented (pro se) parties, and court personnel associated with a case that an opinion will be released the following Monday.  Opinions are available online or by visiting the Clerk of Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, after the Monday release time.

In certain time-sensitive cases, the Court of Appeals may issue opinions on other business days.  In these instances, involved parties will be contacted just prior to the special release.

Please visit the Minnesota State Law Library's Appellate Opinions Archive for previously released Court of Appeals Opinions.

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Precedential OpinionsBy statute, the Court of Appeals issues a precedential (formerly called "published") opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Precedential opinions include an extensive analysis of the facts and law. They will be considered and used by courts faced with similar issues in the future, and they are published in books of caselaw found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, September 26, 2022



A22-0118        Alejandro Cruz-Guzman, as guardian and next friend of his minor children, et al., Appellants, vs. State of Minnesota, et al.,
                         Respondents, Higher Ground Academy, et al., intervenors, Respondents.
  
                         Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Susan Robiner.
            An imbalance in the racial composition of schools within a school district or school system is not a per se violation of the Education Clause of the Minnesota Constitution, unless the imbalance is caused by intentional, de jure segregation of the type described in Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).
            Question answered in the negative.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
 
Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter than precedential opinions, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as precedential opinions.

NONPRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS
FILED Monday, September 26, 2022

Pursuant to Minn. R. Civ. App. P. 136.01, subd. 1 (c)



1.         A21-1618
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Fahid Nazir, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. George Stephenson.

2.         A22-0485
            Ammie Murphy, Appellant, vs. Valleyfair, LLC, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Dissenting, Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Judge Charles Webber.

3.         A21-1383
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Terry Lee Hower, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Sarah Wheelock.
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Shari R. Schluchter.

4.         A21-1603
            Brandon L. Siems, Relator, vs. Courtesy Corporation - McDonald's, Respondent,
            Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Elise Larson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.


 
Order OpinionsCases that involve a few simple issues may be decided by order opinions, which include little discussion of the facts of the case and a brief analysis of the laws that are involved.

RECENT ORDER OPINIONS
September 26, 2022



1.         A21-1408
            Desean Lamont Thomas, n/k/a Pharaoh El-Forever Left-I Amen El, petitioner,
            Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Joy D. Bartscher.

2.         A22-0249
            Kyle Jerome Dalen, petitioner A, Appellant, vs. Amanda Rose Dalen, petitioner B,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Korey D. Wahwassuck.


 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

Opinion SetsOpinion sets contain all precedential, nonprecedential, and order opinions. The sets are compressed into files that must be unpacked before opening them.

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, September 26, 2022

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