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The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota is issuing for public comment proposed new LR 5.6, Filing Documents Under Seal in Civil Cases, and Joint Motion Regarding Continued Sealing Form. Please click on the links to read the public notice for a brief summary of the proposed new rule and to see the proposed new LR 5.6 and Joint Motion Form Regarding Continued Sealing Form. All public comments to the proposed amendments must be submitted by July 29, 2016.

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota has approved amendments to the Court's Local Rules. Amendments to LR 49.1, Filing Documents Under Seal in Criminal Cases, take effect on May 16, 2016. Click on the links to read the public notice and amended LR 49.1.

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of one full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

The salary of the full-time position is $186,852 per year and the position will be located in Minneapolis or St. Paul. The term of office for a full-time magistrate judge is eight years; incumbents may be reappointed to successive terms.

To read the full public notice, application instructions, and application form, click on the links. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Friday, July 29, 2016.

The Fergus Falls Clerk's Office will be closed today, Monday, May 16, 2016. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact the St. Paul Clerk's Office at 651-848-1100.

The PACER outage has been RESOLVED. PACER is currently working. PACER experienced an unexpected outage around 3:30 P.M. Central Time for a duration of approximately forty minutes.

PACER is experiencing an unexpected outage. This outage will affect access for attorney e-filers and public (PACER) users. PACER is aware of the issue and is currently working to resolve it. We do not have an estimated timeline of when this outage will be resolved. We will provide an update when we receive more information from PACER.

Order regarding USA v. Ahmed, et al (15-49) trial starting on 5/9/16.

Attorney Re-Registration starts today for attorneys with last names beginning with the letters N-Z. If you are a N-Z attorney admitted to the Bar of the District of Minnesota, you should re-register by May 6, 2016. Attorneys will need an individual PACER account to re-register. Click here for more re-registration information.

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota is issuing for public comment proposed amendments to the Court's Local Rules. The proposed amendments affect Local Rule 49.1, Filing Documents Under Seal in Criminal Cases. Please click on the links to read the public notice for a brief summary of the proposed amendments and the proposed amendments in final form. All public comments to the proposed amendments must be submitted by May 4, 2016.

Across the United States, individuals posing as federal court officials and U.S. Marshals are targeting citizens, threatening them with arrest unless they pay. Click on this link for more information.

Effective March 1, 2016, the District of Minnesota will allow Pay.gov users to schedule recurring payments for criminal debt. Recurring payments are only available for those defendants making payments through a checking or savings account (ACH debit) and users must self enroll through Pay.gov to schedule recurring payments. Additional information on how to self enroll and schedule payments can be found under the Criminal Debt link. Questions can be directed to the Clerk's Office at 612-664-5000.

Chief U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim is pleased to announce that the Court has selected Katherine M. Menendez to serve as its next U.S. Magistrate Judge. Menendez will replace Magistrate Judge Jeffrey J. Keyes who is retiring in April. Menendez will take the oath of office on April 28, 2016. Please click on the link to read the press release.

On February 18, 2016, Wilhelmina M. Wright became the 35th person to serve on Minnesota's federal bench. See the press release for additional information.

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