|District Court of Minnesota|
|Established||May 8, 1858|
|Location||Minnesota Judicial Center|
|Composition method||Nonpartisan election, appointment by the governor if filling midterm vacancy|
|Authorized by||Minnesota Constitution|
|Appeals to||Minnesota Court of Appeals|
|Judge term length||6 years (mandatory retirement at the age of 70)|
The Minnesota Constitution provides that the district court has original jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases and such appellate jurisdiction as may be prescribed by law. Appeals from these courts usually go to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
In 2019 there were 289 judges of district court in Minnesota. They are assigned to geographic districts. Each district has three or more judges, who are elected by the voters of the district in nonpartisan judicial elections to six-year terms. Candidates file for a specific judgeship by seat number. Vacancies are filled by appointment of the governor. The chief judge and assistant chief judge of each district are elected from judges of that district to exercise general administrative authority over the courts of the district. The chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court has the power to assign judges from one district to serve in another.
There are ten judicial districts, each comprising one or more of Minnesota's 87 counties: