Commission on Judicial Selection opens application process for vacancy in the 3rd Judicial District


July 21, 2022

Contact: Claire Lancaster



Commission on Judicial Selection Opens Application Process for Vacancy in the Third Judicial District

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Today, the Commission on Judicial Selection announced a vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. This vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Matthew J. Opat. This seat will be chambered in Preston in Fillmore County.

The application process is now open for this vacancy. 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 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. 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 Lt. Governor via e-mail at Judicial.Selection@state.mn.usApplication materials are due by 4:00 pm 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.

The judges of the Third 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 Lt. Governor at Judicial.Selection@state.mn.us.