Pilot Underway to Improve Outcomes for Children in Need
In an effort to improve outcomes for abused and neglected children, the Eighth Judicial District launched a two-year pilot program in January 2018, targeting court cases involving Children in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS cases). The goal of the pilot is to find safe, permanent homes for at-risk children as quickly as possible.
Under the pilot, CHIPS cases in a five-county region - Kandiyohi, Meeker, Swift, Yellow Medicine, and Renville counties – are heard by a single judge and managed by specialized court staff. Two dedicated administrative staff who focus on ensuring court cases involving vulnerable children are processed in a timely fashion support Judge Jennifer K. Fischer, the CHIPS judge during the pilot, in addition to her court reporter and law clerk.
Since the pilot began, uniform courtroom procedures and templates have been developed to make it easier for all judges to maintain strict calendars for each step of a child protection case and to provide permanent homes to children in the required timeframe.
Eighth Judicial District Judge Randall J. Slieter Appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals
On Friday, October 5, 2018 Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Judge Randall J. Slieter as the Seventh Congressional District Judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Judge Slieter replaced the Honorable Michael L. Kirk.
“Judge Randall Slieter has demonstrated a wealth of judicial knowledge and experience that make him very well-qualified to serve in this important role,” said Governor Dayton. “His commitment to leading with fairness and integrity, both on the Bench and in his community, will bring great value to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.”
Judge Slieter was a district court judge in the Eighth Judicial District for 24 years, where he presides over district court cases in Renville County. Previously, he was a partner at Qualley, Boulton & Slieter, a law clerk at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, a legislative intern with the Minnesota House of Representatives, and an adjunct professor of Pre-trial Litigation, Remedies, and Research and Writing at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. He earned his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.