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Commission on Judicial Selection announces vacancy in Ninth Judicial District

The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District Court.

Judge John P. Smith has been appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, leaving a vacancy to be chambered at Walker in Cass County in the Ninth Judicial District.

The commission is searching for fair, experienced and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench, and offer their talents and services to Minnesota’s judicial system. The following qualities will be considered for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience and community service. The application process is now open for these vacancies.

An individual wishing to apply may request an application by writing to Lee E. Sheehy, chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection, at 130 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155, or by contacting Andrew Olson, appointments coordinator, via email at

A cover letter and resume should also be submitted with the application. Application materials are due by close of business Monday, Feb. 25. Interviews are scheduled Tuesday, March 12, at the Crow Wing County Courthouse in Brainerd.

For inquiries concerning the application process, contact Andrew Olson at or at (651) 201-3413.

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