Judge Kris Davick-Halfen


Appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty on Nov. 18, 2004. Elected in 2006, 2012, and 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2025.


J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law, 1985
B.A., Concordia College, 1981


Judge- Seventh Judicial District, 2004-present

Child Support Magistrate (Former title was Administrative Law Judge)- Seventh Judicial District, 1998-2004

Mediator/Guardian ad litem/independent hearing officer- 1998-2004

Assistant County Attorney- Morrison County, 1989-1997

Attorney- Peltoniemi, Johnson and Majors, 1985-1986

Assistant County Attorney- Wadena County, 1985-1989

Professional Activities:

  • Assisted in the development of the Stearns County Domestic Violence Court
  • ​Attendee/Facilitator of the Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases sponsored by the National Judicial Institute of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • Assisted in the development of the Stearns County Veterans Protocol/Treatment Court
  • Attendee of Judicial Leadership Summit on Domestic Violence, parts one and two
  • Attendee of National Judicial College course on Designing and Presenting Programs Effectively sponsored by the Minnesota Faculty Development Program
  • Previous lead Judge for the Stearns County Family Dependency Treatment Court


  • Stearns County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee
  • Co-chair of the Stearns County Mental Health Steering Committee
  • Stearns County Stepping Up committee
  • Stearns County Domestic Violence Partnership
  • Domestic Violence Judicial Faculty Development Team
  • Planning committee for the Annual Conference of Judges
  • Minnesota District Judges Association
  • Minnesota District Judges Foundation, former board member
  • John E. Simonett American Inns of Court

Community Activities:

  • Member of First Lutheran Church, Little Falls
  • Volunteer for the United Way Llama Llama Community event