Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancies in the 4th Judicial District


June 23, 2022

Contact: Claire Lancaster



Commission on Judicial Selection Opens Application Process for Vacancies in the Fourth Judicial District

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Today, the Commission on Judicial Selection announced two vacancies in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. The vacancies will occur upon the retirements of the Honorable Philip C. Carruthers and the Honorable Kathryn L. Quaintance. These seats will be chambered in Minneapolis in Hennepin County.

The application process is now open for these vacancies. 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. Per state law, 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. The commission is seeking applicants who reflect Minnesota’s full diversity.

Individuals wishing to apply may request an application by contacting the Office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor via e-mail at Judicial.Selection@state.mn.us. Application materials are due by 4:00 pm on Thursday, July 14 and should be addressed to the chair of the commission, Ms. Erin Sindberg Porter. The commission expects to hold interviews in early August.

The judges of the Fourth Judicial District have offered to provide informational interviews to prospective applicants. To request more information, please e-mail Judicial.Selection@state.mn.us.  

For more information about the judicial selection process, please visit the Governor’s Judicial Appointments webpage.


For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact the Office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor at Judicial.Selection@state.mn.us.