From settling legal disputes and presiding over jury trials, to swearing in public officials and officiating at weddings, to leading tours at the historic Stillwater courthouse, to meeting with civic groups and state leaders to promote a strong and independent judicial branch, Judge Jude enjoys serving the community.  

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"As your District Court Judge, I pledge to fairly and justly uphold the rule of law in Minnesota, and will ensure that the fundamental constitutional rights of all citizens are upheld and protected in my courtroom.  I will consider all the facts and evidence, applying the law and constitution as they were written and intended, without injecting partisanship or bias, while treating all those who appear in court objectively, and with respect and dignity."  - Judge Tad Jude

A Career of Public Service: Judge Tad Jude

Judge Thaddeus V. “Tad” Jude is a 1977 graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law.  He was elected to represent the citizens of the Minnesota 10th Judicial District's Seat 3 as a judge in 2010, and was first sworn into office on January 3, 2011.  He was re-elected in November of 2016.

In November of 1972, Jude became the youngest person elected to the Minnesota State Legislature, turning the constitutionally required age of 21 in December, just prior to being sworn in the following January.  As a member of the legislature he served from 1973 to 1983 in the House of Representatives; and from 1983 to 1989 in the Senate; he chaired both the Senate Civil Law Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.  Following his time in the legislature, Jude went on to serve as a member of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.

In addition to having been appointed to advise the Minnesota State Supreme Court, Jude has served as a member of multiple boards and civic organizations, including: the County Historical Society, the County Agricultural Society Advisory Board, his County Law Library Board, and Catholic Charities.  Tad is also a member of his local American Legion Post.

You can learn more about Tad by clicking on the A Career of Public Service image, on the right hand side of the page, to be taken to a recent article from the University of St. Thomas about Judge Jude and his many years of  service to the people of Minnesota.


Meet Judge Jude

“Every person is entitled to a certain remedy in the laws for all injuries or wrongs which he may receive to his person, property or character, and to obtain justice freely and without purchase, completely and without denial, promptly and without delay, conformable to the laws.”

~ Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution of the State of Minnesota.

Old Historic Courthouses of the 10th Judicial District

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Serving the citizens of Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne, Washington and Wright Counties

Judge Tad Jude

Minnesota 10th District Court, Seat 3