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Minnesota State Law Library Legal Topics Directory
by Danielle Becker - Last Updated Aug 29, 2014
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Supreme Court & Court of Appeals

 

Standards of Review

 

About the Appellate Courts

Court of Appeals:

  • The Minnesota Court of Appeals reviews final decisions of the trial courts, state agencies and local governments.
  • The court reviews appeals in a timely manner. By law, the court must issue a decision with in 90 days after oral arguments. If no oral argument is held a decision is due within 90 days of the case's scheduled conference date. This deadline is the shortest imposed on any appellate court in the nation.
  • As part of the court’s effort to expedite justice and to make access to the appellate system less burdensome and expensive, the court’s 19 judges sit in three-judge panels and travel to locations throughout Minnesota to hear oral argument.

Source:  MN Court of Appeals

Supreme Court:

  • The Supreme Court hears appeals from: Court of Appeals, trial court decisions in all first degree murder convictions and other decisions if Supreme Court chooses to bypass the Court of Appeals, the Tax Court and Workers Compensation Court of Appeals.
  • Certain cases can originate in the Supreme Court. These include: writs of prohibition, habeas corpus, and mandamus; and legislative election contests.
  • The Supreme Court reviews matters on certiorari, meaning it reviews cases to set precedent, to clarify legal issues, to resolve statutory conflicts, and to answer constitutional questions.

Source: MN Supreme Court

 

Rules

Additional statutes, regulations & opinions may apply to your specific situation.

Amendments to the Rules of Civ. App. P. (eff. July 1, 2014)

Standing Order re: paper briefs filed in Court of Appeals cases (eff. July 1, 2014)

Standing Order re: paper briefs filed in Supreme Court cases (eff. July 1, 2014)

 

Filing Fees

Court of Appeals Filing Fees

  • Notice of Appeal/Petition for Writ of Certiorari - $550 
  • Notice of Related Appeal - $100
  • Extraordinary Writs (mandamus/prohibition) - $550 
  • Petition for Discretionary Review - $550

Supreme Court Filing Fees

  • Notice of Appeal/Petition for Writ of Cert. - $550
  • Petition for Further Review - $550
  • Petition for Rehearing - $100
  • Petition for Accelerated Review - $100
  • Extraordinary Writs (mandamus/prohibition) - $550

Source:  MN Judicial Branch, Clerk of Appellate Courts

 

Related Topics

Unemployment Insurance, includes information on how to appeal a denial of benefits.

 

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Oral Argument Schedules

Court of Appeals Calendar

Supreme Court Calendar

The forms below are used for notifying the Clerk of Appellate Courts of scheduling conflicts for oral argument.  Once a case has been placed on the calendar, it cannot be rescheduled except for good cause.  Rescheduling will be rare and only for exceptional circumstances.

Court of Appeals: Notice Regarding Oral Arguments in the Court of Appeals

Supreme Court: Notice Regarding Oral Arguments in the Minnesota Supreme Court

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