Chief Judge Jana M. Austad


Appointed June 14, 2013, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2014 and 2020. Current term expires Jan. 2027.


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law

B.A., Augsburg College


Managing attorney, Brainerd Regional Office of the Minnesota Public Defender

Attorney; Kief, Fuller, Baer and Wallner, Ltd.

Professional and Community Activities:

Appointment to two terms on the Minnesota Rules of Evidence Committee, 2015-present

Subcommittee on  Eyewitness Identification, 2019

Liaison Judge for Northwest Juvenile Training Center, 2019-present

Vinland National Center Board, 2014-present