Commission opens application process for Minnesota 3rd Judicial District vacancy

ST PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) — Minnesota’s 3rd Judicial District has a vacancy.

Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz’s office announced that the Commission on Judicial Selection opened an application process to fill the seat left by retiring judge Matthew Opat.

According to the release, the state is looking for “fair, experienced, and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench and offer their talents and services to Minnesota’s judicial system.”

Per statute, the Commission will consider the following qualifications for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service.

Individuals wishing to apply may request an application by contacting the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor via e-mail at Application materials are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11 and should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission, Erin Sindberg Porter.

The Commission expects to hold interviews in early September.

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