Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, August 3, 1998

Anderson to be sworn in as state appeals court judge

Barry Anderson of Hutchinson will be sworn in to serve on the 16-member Minnesota Court of Appeals in a ceremony scheduled Friday, Aug. 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Hutchinson Middle School.

Anderson, 43, was appointed by Gov. Arne H. Carlson on May 21.

The new judge is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Minnesota Law School. He is a certified trial specialist. Anderson is a partner in the law firm of Arnold, Anderson & Dove where he is the chairman of the litigation department.

Due to space limitations, the swearing-in ceremony is by invitation. However, it will be rebroadcast on local public access television HCVN Channel 10.

Speakers on the program will include Gov. Carlson, Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz, Court of Appeals Chief Judge Edward Toussaint and attorney Bernhard W. LeVander.

The Minnesota Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and judges from the trial courts will be in attendance.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals was created in 1983 by an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution voted on by the electorate. The court provides prompt review of all final decisions of the trial courts, state agencies and local governments.

Exceptions, which go directly to the Minnesota Supreme Court, are appeals from the Minnesota Tax Court, the Minnesota Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals, first-degree murder cases and statewide election contests.

As the intermediate, error-correcting court, the Court of Appeals' decisions are the final ruling in about 95 percent of the 2,000 to 2,400 appeals filed every year.

Each judge participates in about 300 cases each year and shares responsibility for hundreds of special term opinions and orders on motions and petitions filed with the court.

The court reviews appeals in a timely manner. By law, the court must issue a decision within 90 days after oral arguments. This deadline is the shortest upheld by any appellate court in the nation.

The court expedites decisions on child custody cases, mental health commitments and other matters in which the parties request accelerated response.

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 16 judges sit in three-judge panels and travel to locations throughout Minnesota to hear oral arguments. All oral arguments are open to the public.

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