Judge Joseph T. Carter


Appointed Feb. 22, 2001. Elected in 2002, 2008, 2014, and 2020. Current term expires January 2027.


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
M.S.W., Barry University School of Social Work
B.A., Brandeis University


Chief Public Defender, First Judicial District Public Defender's Office
Assistant Public Defender, Second Judicial District Public Defender's Office
Assistant County Attorney, Scott County Attorney’s Office
Staff Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Professional Memberships:

Dakota County Bar Association
Minnesota District Judges Association
Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)

Professional Activities:

MSBA’s Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee Judiciary Subcommittee; PEER Court Judge; Panelist, Race & Representation in the Courts, June 25, 2014; Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, September 2010 to the present; Minnesota State Judicial Trial Skills Training Program, 2011 to the present; First District Judges Scheduling Committee, Fall 2012 to the present; MSBA Criminal Law Accreditation Committee, January 2008 to the present; Past Chair, First Judicial District Equal Justice Committee