Judge Juan G. Hoyos

Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-6000

Chambers Phone: (612) 596-0904
Reporter: (612) 596-2870 – for transcript requests only
Law Clerk: (612) 596-0836
Judicial Clerk: (612) 596-0904

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Juan G. Hoyos


Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on Sept. 8, 2014. Elected in 2016 and 2022. Current term expires December 31, 2028.


Judge Hoyos earned his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He also graduated from Robbinsdale Cooper High School. Judge Hoyos has a broad background in criminal law, as both a prosecutor and public defender in Ramsey County, handling serious felony cases. Judge Hoyos resides in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters.


  • Felony Criminal Block: February 2022-present
  • Juvenile Court (Presiding Judge): February 2020-February 2022
  • Juvenile Court: March 2017-February 2020
  • Felony Criminal Block: February 2015-March 2017
  • Downtown Criminal Team: September 2014-February 2015

Professional Activities:

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Board member and former grader, Minnesota Board of Law Examiners
  • Member and former co-chair, Minnesota State Bar Association's Public Law Council
  • Professor and mentor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member and former president, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member and former president, Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Member, Hennepin County District Court Executive Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association's House of Delegates
  • Member, American Bar Association's Judicial Division
  • Member, American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Gun Violence
  • Member and former president, Warren Burger Inn of Court
  • Member, Committee for Equality and Justice
  • Former board member, Minnesota State Bar Foundation
  • Former member, American Bar Association House of Delegates
  • Former member, Children's Justice Initiative Committee
  • Former member, ICWA Advisory Subcommittee, Children's Justice Initiative
  • Former member, Hennepin County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee
  • Former member, Hennepin County Domestic Violence Court Steering Committee
  • Former member, Tribal Court State Court Forum
  • Former chair, Board of Directors, Resource Center of the Americas
  • Former vice chair, Board of Directors, Centro Legal

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