Briefly: Who Makes the Law in Minnesota?

By Eric Magnuson

July 20, 2021

Until recently, if you asked most lawyers, some judges, and certainly the Minnesota Supreme Court, which judges make the law in Minnesota, the answer would have been simple. The Supreme Court. The common wisdom is that the Minnesota Court of Appeals is an error-correcting court, and not a lawmaking court. And the trial courts are, as former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and now federal Judge Joan Ericksen once said, error-creating courts.

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Eric J. Magnuson


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