Chief Judge Michael D. Fritz


Appointed Feb. 19, 2014, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2016 and 2022. Current term expires Jan. 2029.


J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law 1990-1993
University of Oslo School of Law, Oslo, Norway 1991
B.S., St. John’s University 1984-1988


  • Becker County Attorney 2007-2014
  • Assistant Becker County Attorney 1993-2007
  • Partner; Hummel, Sinclair, Evans, Hunt, Heisler and Fritz, P.A. 1993-2001

Professional and Community Activities:

Current professional memberships:

  • Minnesota District Judges Association

Past professional memberships:

  • Clay County Law Library
  • Former MN County Attorneys Association
  • MN District Judges Association, Director
  • American Judges Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • White Earth, Becker, Mahnomen, Clearwater Public Safety Committee
  • Former member, Becker County Child Abuse Prevention Council (KARE Council)
  • Past president, Becker County Bar Association
  • Becker County Weapons and Gangs Task Force
  • Becker County Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • Clay-Becker County Drug Court
  • Becker County Multi-Disciplinary Child Protection Team
  • Becker County Children’s Justice Initiative Team
  • Anishinaabe Sexual Assault Response Team
  • Detroit Mountain Ambassador
  • Kiwanis, board member
  • Detroit Country Club Board of Directors
  • Minnesota High School Mock Trial Judge
  • St. Mary’s Hospital Board of Directors
  • St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation
  • Lakes Crisis and Resource Center – Board of Directors

Additional Information:

Named “Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star – Criminal Prosecution”
          Minnesota Law and Politics Dec/Jan 2005, No. 149