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On Friday, June 6, 2014, the Court hosted a reception and tour of the "Freedom Riders" exhibit, which is on display in the Minneapolis Courthouse Atrium until June 20th. The exhibit examines the story of the 1961 Freedom Riders, non-violent protesters who, in interracial groups, travelled through the South and risked their lives to challenge segregated facilities. By bravely confronting violence, intimidation, and imprisonment, the Freedom Riders put pressure on the federal government to ultimately pass some of the most important civil rights legislation in American history. The Freedom Riders' efforts helped move the nation closer to its promise of "equal justice of all."

Friday's event began with opening remarks by Chief Judge Davis about the Court's outreach efforts and the significance and legacy of the Freedom Riders. After this, the program featured inspiring speeches by Daniel Bergin of Twin Cities Public Television ("TPT"); Honorary Chairperson, Dr. Josie R. Johnson; and Keynote Speaker, U.S. Representative Keith Ellison. Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel then introduced four of the Minnesota Freedom Riders: Peter Ackerberg, Robert Baum, Dave Morton, and Claire O'Connor. They each shared reflections on their firsthand experiences travelling to Mississippi and facing imprisonment and intimidation. The program concluded with closing remarks by Judge Susan R. Nelson.

Click on the link to view a photo. (Left to Right: U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison; MN Freedom Rider Robert Baum, Karen Olson Aelony, widow of MN Freedom Rider Zev Aelony; MN Freedom Rider Clare O'Connor; MN Freedom Rider Dave Morton; MN Freedom Rider Peter Ackerberg; Magistrate Judge Noel; and Chief Judge Davis)

The exhibit is available for public viewing at the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis through June 20, 2014, during courthouse business hours.

The "Freedom Riders" exhibition was created by the Gilder Lehrman Institution of American History and PBS's flagship history series, American Experience. It is funded through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The American Experience documentary film Freedom Riders, directed by Stanley Nelson, can be viewed at www.pbs.org/freedomriders. This documentary will air Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. on TPT.

The Court appointed a Merit Selection Panel to advise the Court on the selection of a new part-time U.S. Magistrate Judge to serve in Bemidji. Judge Donovan W. Frank will chair the Panel. For more information about the Panel appointment, please read the public notice.

On Friday, May 16, 2014, the Court hosted the culminating event of this year's "Open Doors to Federal Courts" program, which focused on the lives of Dred and Harriet Scott and their role in shaping the nation's history. The program was a collaborative effort by the Court, Minneapolis Public Schools, volunteer attorneys from various bar associations, and Mixed Blood Theatre. The event—held at William Mitchell College of Law and attended by approximately 250 high school students from Minneapolis Public Schools—was a great success!

The day began with a welcome by Chief Judge Davis and greetings from Eric S. Janus, President and Dean of William Mitchell College of Law. Students then watched a play about Dred and Harriet Scott performed by members of Mixed Blood Theatre. After this, the students met Lynne Jackson—great–great–granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott and founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation—who gave an informative and engaging presentation about the lives of her ancestors. The event concluded with a presentation by a diverse panel of judges and attorneys, including Justice Wilhelmina M. Wright of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Judge Kevin G. Ross of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Judge Lyonel Norris of the Hennepin County District Court, Judge Edward Wilson of the Ramsey County District Court, and attorneys Lariss Jude and Ben Kwan. The panelists shared personal stories of triumph over various obstacles in their lives.

Prior to the May 16th event, Open Doors program volunteer attorneys from various organizations visited students in their U.S. History and Government classes and spoke to them about the Dred Scott decision and about their own life experiences. The Court would like to thank all who participated in the program, including our guests; our speakers and panelists; members of the planning committee; and members of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, the Hispanic Bar Association, the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Urban Debate Program.

To view two photos from the event, please click on the links:

    Photo 1: The Mixed Blood Theatre actors portraying Dred and Harriet Scott; Judge Kevin G. Ross and Chief Judge Michael J. Davis.

    Photo 2: (L to R) MN Court of Appeals Judge Kevin G. Ross, MN Supreme Court Associate Justice Wilhelmina M. Wright; Attorney Lariss Jude; Hennepin County District Court Judge Lyonel Norris.

The Court appointed a Merit Selection Panel to advise the Court on the selection of a new full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge. Sam Hanson and Rachel Zimmerman will co-chair the Panel. For more information about the Panel appointment, read the public notice.

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota has approved amendments to the Court's Local Rules, effective May 14, 2014. The following Local Rules are amended: 16.5, 83.5, and 83.6. To see the public notice and the amendments, click on the links.

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

The salary of the full-time position is $181,332 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. The salary of the part-time position is $13,439 per year and the position will be located in Bemidji. The term of office for a part-time magistrate judge is four years; incumbents may be reappointed to successive terms.

To read the full public notice, application instructions for the full-time and part-time position, and application form, click on the links. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Monday, June 16, 2014.

The Court is pleased to announce that the Federal Practice Committee has developed an eDiscovery guide, titled Discussion of Electronic Discovery at Rule 26(f) Conferences: A Guide for Practitioners. The Federal Practice Committee developed the guide to help attorneys prepare for meaningful discussion of electronic discovery issues in Rule 26(f) conferences. The guide is available as a resource on the Court's website, under the Court Forms tab, in the pretrial, discovery, and trial forms section. To see the new guide, click on the link.

Please visit the Community Outreach page to learn more about tpt's recent premier of two disability justice projects that the District of Minnesota, under the leadership of Judge Donovan W. Frank has been involved in—a documentary entitled “Independence to Inclusion” and a disability justice website for CLEs and law students.

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and the U.S. General Services Administration have renamed the Courthouse in Fergus Falls, located at 118 South Mill St.

The courthouse was renamed after the late Judge Edward J. Devitt, one of Minnesota's most distinguished public servants. The renaming took place in a formal ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, in which Chief Judge Michael J. Davis presided. The official name of the building is the Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal Building.

The Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference is being held in Omaha, Nebraska, August 6th-8th, 2014. Please click on the link for additional information

Effective Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Judge Mayeron will be chambered in the Minneapolis Courthouse. Her new address and phone number will be:

Magistrate Judge Janie S. Mayeron
United States Courthouse
300 South Fourth Street - Suite 9E
Minneaoplis, MN 55415
(612) 664-5460

Judge Mayeron will be located on the 9th Floor and will be using Courtroom 9E.

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 Rules 16.5, 83.5, and 83.6, and include a new proposed 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 and redline form. All public comments to the proposed amendments must be submitted by April 14, 2014.

The federal judiciary has learned of an email scam, in which emails purporting to come from federal and state courts are infecting recipients with computer viruses.

According to the Security Operations Center of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the emails are instructing recipients to report to a hearing on a specified day and time or in the form of an eviction notice. The emails also instruct recipients to review an attached document for detailed case information. When the attachments or links in the email are opened, a malicious program is launched that infects the recipient's computer. Several state courts have reported similar schemes, and also are warning the public about potential viruses.

Unless you are actively involved in a case in federal court and have consented to receive court notifications electronically, you generally will not be served with court documents electronically. Click here for examples (without the virus).

The Court has appointed a Merit Selection Panel to advise the Court on the selection of a new U.S. Magistrate Judge. Lewis Remele, Jr. and Rachna Sullivan will co-chair the Panel. To read more information about the Panel appointment, read the public notice.

Presentation materials for the Nuremberg Sympoisum, held on November 15, 2013, are now available for viewing and/or downloading. Please visit our Community Outreach web page.

 

The Judicial Conference of the United States approved an increase to the appellate filing fee and the fee for retrieving one box of records from the Federal Records Center (FRC) or National Archives (NA). The Judicial Conference has also approved a new fee for each additional box of records retrieved from the FRC and NA. These fee changes are effective December 1, 2013. As of December 1st, it will cost $505.00 to file an appeal; $64.00 to retrieve one box of records from the FRC or NA; and $39.00 to retrieve each additional box of records from the FRC or NA.

 

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota has approved amendments to the Court's Local Rules, effective November 18, 2013. Local Rules 83.8 and 83.13 are amended. In addition, the Court has approved a new form, Student Practice Certification and Notice of Appearance of Student Attorney. To see the public notice, the amendments, and new form, click on the links.

 

The current term of office of Judge Gregory F. Kishel, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota at St. Paul, Minnesota is due to expire on September 30, 2014. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is considering the reappointment of Judge Gregory F. Kishel to a new term of office and has determined that he appears to merit reappointment subject to public notice and opportunity for public comment.

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota upgraded the court's Case Management / Electronic Case Filing system (CM/ECF) this past weekend. Updates to the ECF system are available under the CM/ECF tab, Reference Guides, Notice of CM/ECF 6.1 Upgrade.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota hosts the International Exhibit: Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich. Please click on the link to view information regarding the ceremony and information about the International Exhibit.

Effective October 11th, daily parking at the parking ramp located in the Minneapolis U.S. Courthouse will be discontinued. In the interim, the parking ramp will only accept cash upon entrance to the ramp. Alternative public parking near the Minneapolis U.S. Courthouse:

Gateway Ramp
400 South 3rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Jerry Haaf Memorial Parking Ramp
424 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota is issuing for public comment proposed amendments to the Court's Local Rules. The Court proposes amendments to LR 83.8 and LR 83.13 and a new form. Please click on the links to read the public notice for a brief summary of the proposed amendments and the proposed amendments in final and redline form. All public comments to the proposed amendments must be submitted by October 18, 2013.

Throughout the United States, including in Minnesota, citizens are being targeted by phone calls and threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts. For more information, please read the public notice.

Chief Judge Michael J. Davis and the judges of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota are pleased to announce the reappointments of U.S. Magistrate Judges Franklin L. Noel and Jeanne J. Graham. Please click on the link to view the Press Release.

On May 22nd, at the Bloomington Civic Plaza, an event was held to honor the legacy of Dred and Harriet Scott. The event was hosted by Chief Judge Michael J. Davis and Judge Donovan W. Frank. Please click on the link to view information regarding the event and information about Dred and Harriet Scott.

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota has approved amendments to the Court's Local Rules, effective May 14, 2013. The following Local Rules are amended: 7.3, 9.1, 39.1, 39.2, 40.1, 47.2, 54.3, 58.1, 67.1, 71.1, 72.1, 72.2, 79.1, 80.1, 83.10, 83.11, 83.12, and 83.13. To see the public notice and the amendments, click on the links.

The Judicial Conference of the United States approved a new $50 administrative fee for filing a civil action, suit, or proceeding in a district court. As a result, the fee for filing a civil case will increase from $350 to $400 effective May 1, 2013. See attached notice for more information.

The US District Court, District of Minnesota, recently expanded the Minnesota Chapter Federal Bar Association's Pro Se Project by approving a pilot Early Settlement Conference Project (ESCP). If a case is deemed appropriate for the program, volunteer attorneys will be permitted to enter a limited appearance for the purpose of assisting pro se litigants with a court-annexed early settlement conference.

Click here for additional 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 several Local Rules and include a new proposed rule on criminal discovery and pretrial motions. Please click on the links to read the public notice for a brief summary of the proposed amendments and the proposed amendments in final and redline form. All public comments to the proposed amendments must be submitted by April 19, 2013.

The court has issued a notice announcing a public comment period for feedback regarding the reappointment of Magistrate Judge Graham and Magistrate Judge Noel. A Merit Selection Panel has been appointed by Chief Judge Davis to advise the court on the reappointments. See the full notice for details.

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota is implementing amendments to the Local Rule 67.2, concerning the withdrawal of money from the Court registry. By statute, these amendments will become effective on January 28, 2013 and are posted by the Court for public review and comment through February 28, 2013. All public comments to the amendments must be submitted by February 28, 2013. For more information on the amendments to this rule, see the public notice.

The US District Court is pleased to announce several procedural changes involving CM/ECF and the payment of fees. These changes will be implemented at various times over the next few weeks as noted in the attached announcement.

Beginning on December 1, 2012, attorneys will be able to file their own civil case opening documents electronically in the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system. For more information, please see the attached newsletter.

The Court's forms menu has been reorganized to better assist website users in finding information. To see the changes, please click on the link.

The U.S. District Court is pleased to announce the reappointment of Chief U.S. Magistrate Arthur J. Boylan. See the Press Release for details

Chief Judge Michael J. Davis and the court are pleased to announce that the federal courthouses in Minneapolis, St Paul, Duluth and Fergus Falls are now offering free wireless internet (WiFi) access in all courtrooms, attorney conference rooms, circuit libraries, jury assembly rooms, and the Minneapolis Federal Cafe.

Click here for the terms and instructions concerning the WiFi network.

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota has approved amendments to the Court's Local Rules, effective July 23, 2012. The following Local Rules are amended: 1.3, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 5.3, 5.5, 6.1, 7.1, 9.3, 15.1, 16.1, 16.2, 16.3, 16.4, 16.5, 16.6, 16.7, 17.1, 23.1, 26.1, 26.2, 26.3, 26.4, 37.1, 37.2, 38.1, 54.3, 72.2, Form 3, and Form 4. In response to the Local Rule amendments, several resources available on the website have been updated, including the ECF Procedure Guides and Manuals. In addition, the Notice of Hearing form has been revised and a new Meet-and-Confer Statement form has been created. To see the public notice and the amendments, click on the links.

To view the Public Notice that summarizes the changes in CM-ECF due to amendments to Local Rules, please click on the link.

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 several of the Court's Local Rules, including significant proposed amendments to LR 7.1Civil Motion Practice, the rules governing civil pretrial procedure, and Forms 3-4. Please click on the links to read the public notice that contains a brief summary of the proposed amendments and the proposed amendments in final and redline form. All public comments to the proposed amendments must be submitted by July 6, 2012.

The United States District Court, District of Minnesota has updated its Bill of Costs Guide in response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding document translation services and the taxation of costs statute. The updated Bill of Costs Guide may be found under the Information and Court Forms tabs.

The U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota will begin accepting ACH (Automated Clearing house) payments through Pay.gov beginning Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Payments can be made using business or personal checking and savings accounts. Instructions to set up an ACH payment are located on our website under CM/ECF > Electronic Payment of Court Fees through CM/ECF Filing Events

The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota has updated the CM/ECF Menu Break Down-Event List by Category. It is now available on the District of Minnesota's Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system.

The CM/ECF Menu Break Down-Event List by Category lists all docket events for civil and criminal and lists the menu item the event appears on.

The increase in the electronic public access fee, from $.08 to $.10 per page, will take effect on April 1, 2012. The Judicial Conference of the United States authorized an increase in the Judiciary's electronic public access fee in response to increasing costs for maintaining and enhancing the electronic public access system. PACER users who do not accrue charges of more than $15 in a quarterly billing cycle will not be charged a fee (this is an increase in the exemption from $10 per quarter).

The Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference is being held in Kansas City, Missouri on August 8-10, 2012. Please click on the link for additional information

The court has issued a notice announcing a public comment period for feedback regarding the reappointment of Magistrate Judge Boylan. A Merit Selection Panel has been appointed by Chief Judge Davis to advise the court on the reappointment. See the full notice for details.

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota has updated its Bill of Costs Guide. The updated Bill of Costs Guide may be found under the Information and Court Forms tabs.

The Judicial Conference of the United States increased certain miscellaneous fees for federal courts effective November 1, 2011. Click here for a list of affected fees.

Members of the Bar in the Eighth Circuit are invited to the 2012 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference August 8 - 10, 2012 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Please see click here to read the full announcement.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota will be upgrading the court's Case Management/Electronic Case Filing system (CM/ECF) on Saturday, August 27, 2011. After the upgrade, all users will be required to change their CM/ECF password as a security enhancement. Please click on the link to view directions on changing your password.

The United States District Court is open for business as usual. The Court is not affected by the state government shutdown in Minnesota.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. Davis is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony N. Leung to the position of United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota. Leung took the oath of office in the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis on April 29, 2011. Please click on the link to view the Press Release.

Lisa Rosenthal has been selected as the new Chief Deputy Clerk for the District of Minnesota. Please see the Press Release for further details.

Please note, that in the event there is a government shutdown, the District of Minnesota will remain fully operational and continue to hear and decide cases without interruption from April 11, 2011, through Friday, April 22, 2011. We suggest you check this website regularly for announcements relative to the budget situation. Please see the Press Release for further details.

The District of Minnesota is proud to announce the addition of new resources for pro se filers to its Representing Yourself (Pro Se) website. The new resources include guidebooks, information sheets, and forms for the four types of prisoner actions or motions filed in federal court. The Court also introduces new voluntary and stipulated dismissal forms, an updated information sheet on in forma pauperis status, and a new information sheet on how to respond to a summons and complaint. To see these resources, please click on the link.

Effective Monday, January 24, 2011, Judge Boylan will be chambered in the Minneapolis Courthouse. His new address and phone number will be:

Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan
United States Courthouse
300 South Fourth Street - Suite 9E
Minneaoplis, MN 55415
(612) 664-5470

Judge Boylan will be located on the 9th Floor and will be using Courtroom 9E.

The U.S. District Court is pleased to announce the appointment of U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven E. Rau. See the Press Release for details.

Effective Monday, January 10, 2011, Judge Nelson will be chambered in the St. Paul Courthouse. Her new address and phone number will be:

Judge Susan Richard Nelson
United States Courthouse
774 Federal Building
316 North Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 848-1970

Judge Nelson will be located on the 7th Floor and will be using Courtroom 7B.

On Saturday, 1/15/2011, from 9AM to 6 PM, the PACER-Net will be transitioning its Internet Data Centers (IDCs), including the CM/ECF Centralized Authentication and Billing service, to a new provider. Users of CM/ECF and PACER will experience interruptions in service during the transition period. If your session is disrupted, we recommend that you wait 30 minutes before attempting to re-establish the session.

The CMECF system will be unavailable Friday, January 7, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM due to hardware maintenance. This outage will affect access for attorney e-filers and public (PACER) users. Please plan accordingly.

Due to freezing rain, the Fergus Falls Clerk's Office is closed for the remainder of the day. Thursday December 30, 2010.

On December 22, 2010 Susan Richard Nelson will become the 34th person to serve on Minnesota's federal bench. See the press release for additional information.

The District of Minnesota is pleased to announce the reappointment of Magistrate Judge Mary Kay Klein to her judicial position in Bemidji. See the Press Release for information.

A new civil motions glossary has been created to assist attorneys in filing civil motions electronically. The glossary defines every civil motion available in the District of Minnesota's ECF filing event dictionary. Please use this glossary as a guide for determining which civil motion to use for your particular situation.

Please see the court's website to review the new civil motions glossary.

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO) began switching Data Centers from Sprint to AT&T on November 20, 2010. In order to ensure that you continue to receive Notices of Electronic Filings (NEFs), your e-mail service provider or IT department must be notified that all USCOURTS.GOV Mail Transport Agent (MTA) and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses should be included on the incoming mail white list:

Primary MTA:
206.18.112.200
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199.107.16.200
199.107.16.202
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Other SMTP traffic:
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If you have any questions, please contact the CM/ECF help desk at 612-664-5155 or 1-866-325-4975.

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota is issuing for public comment proposed amendments to the Court's Local Rules. The following Local Rules are affected: 1.1, 5.1. 5.2, 5.4, 7.2, 24.1, 67.1, 67.3, 83.5, and 83.7. In addition, the Court is proposing that LR 67.3, concerning withdrawing money from the court registry, be renumbered to LR 67.2 and that a new LR 67.3, concerning bonds and sureties, will take its place. The Court is also issuing for public comment one new form and one revised form to accord with the proposed amendments to renumbered LR 63.2 and LR 83.5. All public comments to the proposed amendments must be submitted by December 23, 2010. To see the public notice and the language of the proposed amendments, click on the links.

Thursday, October 28, 2010, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: United States District Court, 515 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802

To register, please send an email to: ECFregistration@mnd.uscourts.gov

Civil Session Topics: ECF Overview and Support Information, Initiating Cases, Documentation Basics, Demonstration of Electronic Filing, Key Reminders, Filing Stipulations and Exhibits, Redaction of Personal Data Identifiers, Filing Sealed Documents, ECF Transcript process, Electronic Payment through Pay.gov, Question & Answer.

The United States District Court, District of Minnesota's CM/ECF system will be unavailable from 5:00pm Friday, October 1, 2010 until 5:00pm Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 for a planned hardware upgrade.

This interruption of CM/ECF access will affect all attorney e-filers and public (PACER) users.

Effective August 30, 2010, U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan was elevated to Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota. He succeeds Chief Magistrate Judge Raymond L. Erickson who retired from the federal bench on August 30, 2010. Please view the Press Release for more details.

The Court has appointed Leo I. Brisbois as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota. Brisbois will take the oath of office on Monday, August 30, 2010, and will chamber in Duluth. To see the full press release, visit this link.

Effective Monday, September 13, 2010, Judge Schiltz will be chambered in the Minneapolis Courthouse. His new address and phone number will be:

Judge Patrick J. Schiltz
United States Courthouse
300 South Fourth Street - Suite 14E
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 664-5480

Judge Schiltz will be located on the 14th Floor and will be using Courtroom 14E. Any proceedings scheduled before September 13 will be heard at the St. Paul Courthouse in Courtroom 7B. Please contact Sherry Fast, Judge Schiltz's calendar clerk, at (651) 848-1906 if you have any questions about the location of your hearing.

The court has issued a notice announcing a public comment period for feedback regarding the reappointment of Magistrate Judge Mayeron. A Merit Selection Panel has been appointed by Chief Judge Davis to advise the court on the reappointment. See the full notice for details.

The Court has issued a public notice seeking comments on the reappointment of current Part-time Magistrate Judge Mary Kay Klein in Bemidji. See the notice for information.

The Court has announced the appointment of the Merit Selection Panel who will consider applicants for the upcoming Magistrate Judge vacancy in the Twin Cities. See the Notice for additional information.

The District of Minnesota is seeking applicants for a U.S. Magistrate Judge position in the Twin Cities. See the Public Notice, Instructions to Applicants, and Application (PDF or MS Word) for additional information. Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Time, on Wednesday, July 21, 2010.

The CMECF system will be unavailable Monday, August 30, from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM due to hardware maintenance. This outage will affect access for attorney e-filers and public(PACER) users. Please plan accordingly.

The St. Paul Courthouse Clerk's Office is closed for the remainder of the day today, August 16, 2010, and will re-open again tomorrow, August 17, 2010.

The deadline to apply for the U.S. Magistrate Judge position in the District of Minnesota has been extended to Friday, August 6, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. See the full notice for information, as well as the Instructions to Applicants, and Application (PDF or MS Word).

The CMECF system will be unavailable Saturday July 24, 2010, from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM due to scheduled hardware maintenance. This outage will affect access for attorney e-filers and public(PACER) users. Please plan accordingly.

The CMECF system will be unavailable Sunday June 27, 2010, 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM due to scheduled hardware maintenance. This outage will affect all access to CM-ECF - including court users, attorney e-filers and public(PACER) users. Please plan accordingly.

Due to the upcoming retirement of Magistrate Judge Raymond L. Erickson in the Duluth division, he has been removed from the civil case assignment wheel effective June 21, 2010. Any new civil case assignments from the 5th and 6th divisions, Duluth and Fergus Falls respectively, will be assigned to Magistrate Judge Erickson's successor in Duluth, who will be listed as Magistrate Judge X on the docket.

Any emergency hearings or matters for Magistrate Judge X should be directed to Vicki Miller at 218-529-3520, who will discuss these issues with Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan.

12 MORE DAYS TO REGISTER FOR THE FBA SEMINAR!

....Come see great LEGAL minds spar on the Guthrie stage....

You won't want to miss the session on pleading and federal court litigation in the wake of the Iqbal and Twombly Supreme Court decisions. The Honorable Patrick J. Schiltz will present the judicial perspective on Iqbal and Twombly, while insiders Gregory Garre and Professor Stephen Burbank, University of Pennsylvania, will present opposing perspectives on the two cases.

As United States Solicitor General, Mr. Garre successfully argued Iqbal before the U.S. Supreme Court, and recently defended Iqbal and Twombly at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in December 2009. Professor Burbank testified at that same hearing, lodging criticism against Iqbal and Twombly. Click here for Seminar Information, Agenda and Registration Materials.

The CMECF system will be unavailable Friday June 11, 2010, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM due to software maintenance. This brief outage will affect all access to CM-ECF - including attorney e-filers and public(PACER) users. Please plan accordingly.

The Judges of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association thank you for participating in the patent litigation survey that was distributed earlier this year. A summary of the written responses can be found by clicking on the link.

The FBA now will conduct "focus group" discussions to gain enhanced feedback on Markman proceedings in the District of Minnesota. You are cordially invited to join in these focus group discussions. Please RSVP by following the link below. One hour of CLE credit has been requested for each session. The FBA will present the findings from the written survey and focus group discussions in an upcoming public forum.

*Thursday, June 10, 2010 – 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. United States Courthouse, Minneapolis, Jury Assembly Room (2nd Floor) Welcome by Honorable Joan N. Ericksen

*Thursday, June 17, 2010 – 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Warren E. Burger United States Federal Building & Courthouse, St. Paul, Jury Assembly Room (1st Floor) Welcome by Honorable Patrick J. Schiltz

*Thursday, June 24, 2010 – 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. United States Courthouse, Minneapolis, Jury Assembly Room (2nd Floor) Welcome by Honorable James M. Rosenbaum

*Please RSVP by clicking on the link. Contact Tara Norgard with questions (tnorgard@ccvl.com or 612-436-9620).

The Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference is being held in Minneapolis on August 11-13, 2010. Please see the link for additional information

The 36th Annual Federal Court Practice Seminar is being held on June 22 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. See the link for additional information.

Starting Monday, February 22, 2010, the Court will provide public computer terminals for pro se litigants in its Minneapolis and St. Paul Clerk's Offices. These terminals provide access to the Court's website and Pro Se Civil Guidebook. The terminals also feature a new web application, E-Pro Se, which allows the user to create a civil complaint, summons and civil cover sheet by answering a series of simple questions.

The Court has announced the appointment of the Merit Selection Panel who will consider the Duluth U.S. Magistrate Judge candidates. See the notice for additional details.

The District of Minnesota is seeking applicants for a U.S. Magistrate Judge position in Duluth, Minnesota. See the Public Notice, Instructions to Applicants, and Application (PDF or MS Word) for additional information. Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Time, on Friday, February 26, 2010.

The First Receiver Reports for U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commision v. Trevor Cook et al. and United States Securities and Exchange Commission v. Trevor Cook et al., are now available. Please click on the links to view the reports.

A new webpage was created on the U.S. District Court's site for parties interested in the U.S. Commodity Futures Training Commission and U.S. Securities Exchange Commission v. Trevor Cook et al cases. The page contains a summary of the case, upcoming court proceedings, links to orders signed in this case, a link to the Receiver Website and to the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) website.

Congratulations to Judge Frank who has been appointed the Chair of the Federal Bar Association Task Force on Diversity. Please see the Press Release for details.

The District of Minnesota is proud to announce the addition of a new webpage, Representing Yourself (Pro Se), to its website. This webpage contains a collection of resources designed to be of assistance to pro se filers. New resources include a Pro Se Civil Guidebook, glossary, and answers to common pro se questions.

On December 1, 2009, several local rules will be amended. These amendments are in response to the Federal Rule changes that take effect on December 1, 2009, concerning how to compute time. In addition, LR 54.3, "Time Limit for Motion for Award of Attorney's Fees" will change to provide a procedure for the taxation of costs. For more information regarding these amendments or the upcoming Federal Rule changes, click on the links to see the public notice and the full text of the upcoming amendments.

The forms menu on the Court's website has been updated to incorporate nine new forms designed to be of assistance to pro se litigants. These forms consist of a Complaint (general); Employment Discrimination Complaint; Complaint for Judicial Review of a Decision of the Commissioner of Social Security; Motion (general); Notice of Hearing; Memorandum of Law; Certificate of Service by Mail; Certificate of Electronic Service; Certificate of Electronic Service for Motion Papers; and a Notice of Appeal. In addition, the IFP application, AO240 Application to Proceed without Payment, has been replaced with the restyled AO239 Application to Proceed in District Court Without Prepaying Fees and Costs. Please visit the Court Forms menu to see these new forms.

The District of Minnesota is proposing several changes to the Local Rules. These proposed changes are in response to the Federal Rule changes effective December 1, 2009, concerning how to compute time. In addition, the Court proposes to amend LR 54.3, "Time Limit for Motion for Award of Attorney's Fees" to provide a procedure for the taxation of costs. For more information regarding the proposed rule changes or the upcoming Federal Rule changes, read the public notice and to see the full text of the proposed changes, click on the links. Public comment on the proposed amendments is due by October 16, 2009.

Beginning 9/14/2009, the court's case management system (CM/ECF) incorporates a new feature for attorney e-filers. At the login prompt, attorneys must acknowledge their responsibility for redaction of electronically filed documents under Fed. R. Civ. P. 5.2 and Fed. R. Crim. P. 49.1 by clicking a checkbox on the login screen. This change reflects national Judicial Conference policy.

Beginning 9/21/2009, the court will implement changes to CM/ECF which allow for the electronic payment of certain court fees. Secure, on-line payments may be made by credit/debit card as part of specific e-filing events through the U.S. Treasury’s Pay.gov website. Please see the Public Notice for more information.

For details on using CM/ECF to make electronic payments , please review the Procedure Guide and FAQ's on using Pay.gov.

The CMECF system will be unavailable Saturday 07/25/2009 from 08:00am - 2:00pm due to system upgrade. The interruption will affect attorney e-filers and public(PACER) users. Please plan accordingly.

The District of Minnesota is proposing several changes to the local rules. Substantive changes are proposed for Local Rules 7.1 - Civil Motion Practice and LR 83.10 - Sentencing. In addition, minor or technical changes are proposed for LR 7.2, 9.1, 15.1, 37.1, 72.2, and Form 3. For more information regarding the proposed rule changes, read the public notice and to see the full text of the proposed changes, click on the links. Public comment on the proposed rule changes are due by August 21, 2009.

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A new version of the court's CM/ECF case management software will be implemented beginning on Monday, July 27, 2009. CM/ECF version 4.0 will provide several improvements for attorney e-filers and PACER users, including a new interface for adding filers/parties, an improved method for adding documents and attachments, improvements to e-mail configuration for attorney ECF accounts, and more. For details on the new features, please review the guide to CM/ECF ver. 4.0 Enhancements for Attorney E-Filers and PACER Users.

The District of Minnesota will offer live, interactive demonstrations to introduce attorneys, paralegals and others to the new e-filing features of CM/ECF, ver. 4.0. Sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at 2:00 PM, and on Thursday, July 16, 2009, at 9:00 AM.

These live demonstrations will provide e-filers with two ways to learn about ver. 4.0 enhancements. The sessions may be attended in person, at the Minneapolis, St. Paul or Duluth courthouses -- or from any location via the internet, using WebEx and a telephone connection. Each session is free, but advance registration is required. For details and registration instructions, please see the CM/ECF Ver. 4.0 WebEx Training Sessions page.

The office of the District Court of Minnesota will be closed Friday July 3, 2009 in observance of the Fourth of July. CM/ECF will be available but the CM/ECF Helpdesk will not be staffed.

The Minneapolis Courthouse phone system is now up and operational. (Posted at 2:00 PM)

The Minneapolis Courthouse phone system is currently down. At this time, calls to anyone within the Courthouse cannot be made. This only effects the Minneapolis courthouse. (Posted at 10:15 AM)

Due to system maintenance, the court's CM/ECF system will be unavailable Saturday, June 6 from 3:30am to 4:00 am CST. The interruption will affect both attorney e-filers and public (PACER) users. Please plan accordingly.

The 35th Annual Federal Court Practice Seminar is being held on June 24 in Minneapolis. See the link for additional information.

Effective Friday, May 1, 2009, the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, will increase the individual file size limit for PDF documents filed on the court's CM/ECF system. The current file size limit of 2.5 MB per document will increase to 5 MB per document.

For attorney e-filers, this change will reduce the need to split large documents filed electronically in CM/ECF, such as exhibits, into two or more smaller PDF documents. It also means that some e-filed documents could take longer to view/download when accessing them from e-mail Notices of Electronic Filing (NEFs), or when using PACER. The complete announcement regarding this change is available on the court's public website. Please click on the link to view the announcement.

For assistance with PDF documents or other questions, please contact the court's ECF HelpDesk at 1-866-325-4975 or 612-664-5155 or by e-mail at: ecfhelpdesk@mnd.uscourts.gov .

Due to inclement weather, the Duluth Falls Courthouse will be closed for the remainder of today, March 10, 2009, .

Due to inclement weather, the Fergus Falls Courthouse is closed today, March 10, 2009, .

Due to system maintenance, the court's CM/ECF system will be unavailable Monday, March 16 from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm CST. The interruption will affect both attorney e-filers and public (PACER) users. Please plan accordingly.

The office of the District Court of Minnesota will be closed Monday, February 16, 2009 in observance of President's Day. CM/ECF will be available but the CM/ECF Helpdesk will not be staffed.

Due to system maintenance, the court's CM/ECF system will be unavailable on Saturday, February 21 at 08:00am through Sunday February 22 at 12:00pm. The interruption will affect both attorney e-filers and public (PACER) users. Please plan accordingly.

The District of Minnesota will increase the PDF file size limit from 2.5 MB per document to 5MB per document, effective May 1, 2009. See the public notice for additional information.

There will be a short interrupt to CM/ECF Saturday January 31, 2009 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm for system maintenance. It is anticipated the system will be available by 1:00pm.

The office of the District Court of Minnesota will be closed Monday January 19, 2009 in observance of Martin Luther King's birthday. CM/ECF will be available but the CM/ECF Helpdesk will not be staffed.

The Fergus Falls Courthouse was closed December 30, 2008, due to inclement weather.

The Office of the District Court of Minnesota will be closed for the Christmas Holiday on Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26, 2008 and for the New Years Holiday on Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2, 2009. The CM/ECF system will be available but the CM/ECF Helpdesk will not be staffed.

The Office of the District Court of Minnesota will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2008. The CM/ECF system will be available but the CM/ECF Helpdesk will not be staffed.

The Office of the District Court of Minnesota will be closed for the Veteran's Day Holiday on Tuesday, November 11, 2008. The CM/ECF system will be available but the CM/ECF Helpdesk will not be staffed.

The CM/ECF system will be unavailable Saturday October 25th from 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM for system maintenance.

The District of Minnesota Clerk's Office will be closed on Monday, October 13 in observance of Columbus Day. CM/ECF will be available for electronic filing, but the CM/ECF Help Desk will not be staffed.

Beginning September 15th, the U.S. District Court will be back in the Warren E. Burger Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. Please view the notice for information about the newly renovated St. Paul Courthouse.

The Court proposes amendments to Local Rule 83.5(d), which provides for the pro hac vice admission of attorneys. For more information regarding the proposed rule change, read the public notice. Public comment on the proposed rule change is due by September 8, 2008. To see the full text of the proposed changes to LR 83.5(d) and the amended Clerk’s Office forms associated with this proposed rule change, click on the links.

The CM/ECF system will be unavailable Friday August 8th from 05:00am - 05:30am for system maintenance.

Judge Michael J. Davis will succeed Judge James M. Rosenbaum as Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota on July 1, 2008.  Please see the Press Release PDF DOWNLOAD for more information.

The U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota is pleased to announce the unveiling of our new web site. The revised site provides visitors with dramatic improvements in navigation, uniformity, appearance, and accessibility. To view the Press Release PDF DOWNLOAD, click on the link.

To file motions to exclude time under the Act, attorneys will have to either use the new CM/ECF event "Motion to Exclude Time Under the Speedy Trial Act" or file a Motion for Continuance to exclude time. The event "Waiver of Speedy Trial" has been removed from CM/ECF. The following forms have been posted on the "Forms" section of the Court's website (under Criminal Forms) connected to this change in procedure: "Motion to Exclude Time Under the Speedy Trial Act," and a "Statement of Facts in Support of Exclusion of Time Under Speedy Trial Act" and a "Proposed Order".

Effective May 12, 2008, all transcripts prepared by a court reporter of any court proceeding in this District may become electronically available on the Court's CM/ECF system and the judiciary's PACER system. The public notice PDF DOWNLOAD will provide the details regarding this change. To implement this new policy, the Court adopts amendments to the Local Rules, effective May 12, 2008, with the addition of LR 5.5 and amendments to LR 80.1. To view the full text of LR 5.5 and 80.1 PDF DOWNLOAD and the Court's Policy for Electronic Access to Transcripts of Court Proceedings in CM/ECF and PACER PDF DOWNLOAD, click on the links.

The CM/ECF system will be unavailable Saturday May 10th from 08:00am - 12:00pm. The system will be upgraded to v3.2.1. It is anticipated that the system will be available again by 12:00pm Saturday May 10th.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Richard Nelson has been reappointed to a second term. To view the Press Release PDF DOWNLOAD, click on the link.

Chief Judge James M. Rosenbaum is pleased to announce the appointment of the new U. S. Magistrate Judge for the District. Please read the press release PDF DOWNLOAD for the details.

The Duluth Courthouse will be closed Friday, April 11th, due to inclement weather.

CM/ECF will be unavailable from 8:00am until 12:00pm on Saturday, March 29, 2008 for system maintenance.

For the past seven years, the court has been providing electronic access to selected documents through a service called CourtWeb. Beginning April 1, the CourtWeb service will be discontinued due to the availability of court documents on PACER. PACER is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts, and from the U.S. Party/Case Index. Electronic access is available by registering with the PACER Service Center, the judiciary's centralized registration billing and technical support center. You can access the District of Minnesota's PACER site by clicking on this link. This decision does not affect the Court's web site, www.mnd.uscourts.gov. The web site will continue to be updated and available to the public.

The following forms have been posted on the "Forms" section of the website: Form 3. Rule 26(f) Report, Form 4. Rule 26(f) Report (Patent Cases), Form 5. Stipulation for Protective Order, Form 6. Stipulation for Protective Order.

CM/ECF will be unavailable from 5:00am until 5:30am on Thursday, February 28, 2008 for system maintenance.

The District of Minnesota Clerk's Office will be closed on Monday, February 18 in observance of President's Day. CM/ECF will be available for electronic filing, but the CM/ECF Help Desk will not be staffed.

CM/ECF will be unavailable from 6:00am until 6:30am on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 for system maintenance.

The District of Minnesota will be upgrading the ECF system to a newer version on February 5. The system will be unavailable from 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 2 through 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 3. Please review this notice PDF DOWNLOAD to ECF users which provides an overview of the enhancements. One of the key features for lawyers will be the ability to file documents that include hyperlinks to previously filed cases on ECF. The Guide to Using Cross-Document Hyperlinks PDF DOWNLOAD in CM/ECF will provide a step-by-step instruction on how to use this feature in your filings. For more detailed information on the upgrade, review the CM/ECF Guide for Attorneys and Public Users PDF DOWNLOAD.

The District of Minnesota Clerk's Office will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. CM/ECF will be available for electronic filing, but the CM/ECF Help Desk will not be staffed.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Raymond L. Erickson has been reappointed to a third term. Follow the link to view the Press Release.

The District of Minnesota Clerk's Office will be closed on Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1. CM/ECF will be available for electronic filing, but the CM/ECF Help Desk will not be staffed.

The Court revised the ECF Procedures pursuant to the changes in the Federal Rules. See the Public Notice PDF DOWNLOAD for additional information.

The District of Minnesota Clerk's Office will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. CM/ECF will be available for electronic filing, but the CM/ECF Help Desk will not be staffed.

The Judicial Conference of the U.S. Courts has authorized a ten percent increase in transcript rates. Please see the attached order PDF DOWNLOAD for specific rates. A signed copy of the order is available at the Clerk's Office.

CM/ECF will be unavailable between 1:00pm and 3:00pm Saturday, November 17th 2007 for system maintenance.

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the creation of a new Magistrate Judge position in the District of Minnesota. Additional information, including details on applying for the position are included in the Public Notice PDF DOWNLOAD. The Court has appointed a Merit Selection Panel PDF DOWNLOAD to advise the court on the selection of finalists for the position. The position application and instructions are available at this link PDF DOWNLOAD.

The District of Minnesota Clerk's Office will be closed on Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day. CM/ECF will be available for electronic filing, but the CM/ECF Help Desk will not be staffed.

CM/ECF will be unavailable from 9:00 PM to 9:45 PM on Tuesday, November 6 for unanticipated system maintenance. During this time Electronic Case Filing will be unavailable.

CM/ECF may be unavailable from 12:00 AM to 4:00 AM on Tuesday, October 30 for testing related to Pacernet line problems.

The District of Minnesota Clerk's Office will be closed on Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day and on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. CM/ECF will be available for electronic filing, but the CM/ECF Help Desk will not be staffed.

The Court has approved several revisions to the Local Rules. See the Public Notice PDF DOWNLOAD for additional information, and visit the Local rules PDF DOWNLOAD link for the complete updates.

The District of Minnesota Clerk's Office will be closed on Monday, October 8 in observance of Columbus Day. CM/ECF will be available for electronic filing, but the CM/ECF Help Desk will not be staffed.

Rensselaer Nelson, the first United States District Court Judge for the District of Minnesota, is the subject of a display in the lobby of the Federal Courthouse in Minneapolis. Appointed by President Buchanan in 1858, Nelson served on the federal bench until his retirement in 1896. The display is sponsored by the Minnesota branch of the Eighth Circuit Historical Society and includes photographs, excerpts from Judge Nelson's opinions, and comments from his contemporaries. The display is open to the public during normal building hours through the end of 2008, in conjunction with Minnesota's sesquicentennial.

The Duluth Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse will be formally renamed the Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building and United States Courthouse and Customhouse. An event will be held on the front courthouse steps on Saturday, October 6, 2007 beginning at 10:30 a.m. to commemorate the honor. The event is open to the public.

The CJA Information Page has been updated to reflect a cost-of-living adjustment to the non-capital panel attorney compensation rate from $92 to $94/hour for attorneys appointed to represent eligible persons under the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. 3006A. The new rate applies to work performed on or after May 20, 2007.

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