Minnesota Legislative Year in Review: judges no longer have to issue opinions within 90 days or lose their pay


HB 1226 Provides murder of a judge is murder in the first degree. Increases penalty for various crimes against judges.

SB 2718 Repeals provision that withholds pay of judges who have decisions pending for longer than 90 days. Provides 90 day deadline requirement to be enforced by chief judge initially rather that via judicial disciplinary board. Provides determinations of compliance to occur on a monthly basis. Provides deadlines and procedures set in statute to be used “unless different procedures for ensuring compliance…are set by the Rules of the Board on Judicial Standards…”