The Road to Becoming a District Judge
Becoming a District Court Judge does not just happen. The vetting process ensures that the people who hold that position are highly qualified to represent our state’s constitution fairly and impartially.
Judge Halverson was appointed by the Governor of Minnesota in December, 2018 after his credentials were thoroughly reviewed by the Commission on Judicial Selection. The Commission consists of lawyers and non-lawyers – 27 appointed by the Governor and 22 by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Members are from all ten judicial districts in the state.
“The Commission shall evaluate the extent to which candidates have integrity, maturity, health, judicial temperament, diligence, legal knowledge, ability and experience, and community service.”
The Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection
Following review of the candidate’s application, a background check takes place, including interviews with judges and lawyers that have experience and knowledge of the candidate’s skill, knowledge, and temperament. Only a select group of judicial candidates are interviewed first by the Commission. The list of candidates is then narrowed down to a group of finalists. The finalists are interviewed by the Governor, who appoints the best candidate for judge based upon merit and experience.