Subject Matter Index

ALL UPDATES FALL UNDER ONE OF TEN HEADINGS:

I.     APPEALS & REMANDS

II.    CHILD SUPPORT & CONTEMPT

III.   CIVIL PRE-TRIAL PROCEDURES & HEARINGS (FOR TRIALS SEE #X)

IV.   CRIMINAL PRE-TRIAL PROCEDURES & SEARCH AND SEIZURE

V.    DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS

VI.   DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (INCLUDING OFP & HRO HEARINGS)

VII.  EVIDENTIARY ISSUES

VIII. JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY, RESOURCES & SAFETY ISSUES

IX.   PLEA OF GUILTY, SENTENCING, PROBATION  & EXPUNGEMENT

X.    TRIAL ISSUES (COURT OR JURY – CRIMINAL & CIVIL)


I.  APPEALS & REMANDS

1.  Appeal & Remands – Ten Common Triggers (11-11)

2.  Judicial Landmines – 20 Mistakes Every Judge Should Avoid (13-15)

3.  Fifteen Training Updates New Judges Should Use in Court (14-10)

4.  Evidentiary Rulings – Preserving the Record: 5 Rules Every Judge (and Attorney) Must Know (15-02)

II.  CHILD SUPPORT & CONTEMPT

1.  Contested Child Support Civil Constructive Contempt Hearings (10-05)

2.  Child Support: Five Tax Rules Every Judge Should KNow (13-04)

III. CIVIL PRE-TRIAL PROCEDURES AND HEARINGS (FOR TRIALS SEE #X)

1.  Partial Summary Judgment – Rule 54.02 (10-21)

2.  Evictions: 10 Basic Rules Every judge Must Know (11-07)

3.  Ex-Parte Temporary Restraining Order: Five “Dahlberg” Factors (11-13)

4.  Civil Judgments: Ten Questions Every Judge Should Know (12-02)

5.  Ordering Summary Judgment Sua Sponte the Morning of Trial (14-01)

6.  Conciliation Court – Proof of Service – Urban Myth (14-12)

7. Housing Court – Evictions: 12 basic rules every judge must know (14-22)

8.  District Court Review of Arbitration Awards – One Common Mistake (14-24)

9.  Transgender Name Change Petitions: Changing Gender Designation (15-05)

IV. CRIMINAL PRE-TRIAL PROCEDURES & SEARCH AND SEIZURE

1. Search Warrants: 3 Basic Rules That Every Judge Must Know: And 9  Additional Rules That Every Judge Should Know (10-03) (Replaced by 20-05)

2.  Grand Jury Proceedings: Everything A Judge Needs To Know (11-09)

3.  Warrantless Arrests & Detentions: 36 & 48 Hour Rules (11-12)

4.  Criminal Pre-Trial Checklist (11-18)

5.  Defendant’s Demand For Substitute Public Defender (12-03)

6.  Judges Handbook on Motor Vehicle Stops (12-05)

7.  Waiver of Extradition Advisory (13-01)

8.  Missouri v. McNealy and Telephonic Search Warrants – 7 steps (13-06)

9.  Warrantless Motor Vehicle Searches – Summary Chart (13-10)

10.  Bail Hearings in Felony Strangulation Cases – 7 Medical Facts (14-07)

11. MN Handbook on Motor Vehicle Stops & Warrantless Searches (14-09)

12.  Search of Cell Phones: Landmark Supreme Court Decision (14-11)

13.  Urine Drug Testing: The Risk of False Positives (14-20)

14.  Pro-Se Defendants at Trial: Everything that Judges Need to Know (15-03)

15.  Paradee Motions: What Judges Need to Know & Two Sample Orders (15-09)

16. Judge advises defendant “you have a constitutional right to be a dumb-ass” Welcome to the funniest and filthiest court transcript of all time. (16-05)

17. Search Warrants: Answers To 12 Core Questions Every Judge and Attorney Should Know. (20-05)

V.  DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS

1.  Rule 15 Type Questions to Finalize Divorce Proceedings (10-09)

2.  Divorce Trials – Distribution of Personal Property (10-17)

3.  Parenting Time Expeditor v. Parenting Consultant (12-01)

4.  Family Law Motions: Ten Basic Rules (12-09)

5.  Post-Decree Motions to Modify Custody Based on Endangerment (13-03)

6.  Child Support: Five (5) Tax Rules Every Judge Should Know (13-04)

7.  Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Reports: The Fool-Proof Hearsay Test (13-08)

8.  Urine Drug Testing: The Risk of False Positives (14-20)

9.  Spousal Maintenance & “Karon Waivers” (15-04)

 VI. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (INCLUDING OFP & HRO HEARINGS)

1.   Battered Woman Syndrome (10-13)

2.  OFP & HRO Hearings: Right to Cross Exam & Present Witnesses (14-04)

Bail Hearings in Felony Strangulation Cases – 7 Medical & Legal Facts (14-07) Replaced by 18-01

4.  OFP Advisory to Respondents – Another Urban Myth (14-13)

5.  Domestic Abuse Counseling v. Anger Management (14-16)

6.  Court-Related Violence – 15 Facts That Every Judge Should Know (14-17)

7.  Minnesota’s 2014 Firearm Transfer or Surrender Act (14-21)

8.  “Safe at Home” Program – Important Facts that Judges Need to Know (14-23)

9.  Immigrant Crime Victims & The U-visa Certificate: Ten Rules That Every Judge (and attorney/officer) Should Know (15-13)

VII.  EVIDENTIARY ISSUES

1.  Determining Admissibility of Hearsay (Crawford vs. Washington) (10-08)

2.  Residual Hearsay Exception Rule: Minn. R. of Evid. 807 (10-12)

3.  Battered Woman Syndrome (10-13)

4.  Impeachment – Prior Felony Conviction (11-14)

5.  Rape Victim Myths – Expert Testimony: Supreme Court Clarification (11-15)

6.  Admissibility of Defendants Pre-Miranda Silence (11-16)

7.  Spriegl Evidence – 5 Step Process (12-04)

8.  Admissibility of Defendant’s Prior Bad Acts & Relationship Evidence (12-06)

9.  Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Reports: The Fool-Proof Hearsay Test (13-08) (Replaced see 20-01)

10. Admissibility of Electronic Evidence “Focus on Authenticity” (13-11)

11. Admissibility of Business Records – 5 Questions: Rule 803(6) (14-2)

12. Evidentiary Rulings – Preserving the Record: 5 Rules Every Judge (and Attorney Must Know (15-02)

13.  Impeachment – Prior Inconsistent Statements & Two Sample Impeachment scripts (15-10)

14. What every judge & attorney needs to know about handling evidence during trial – 10 basic rules (16-03)

15. SNAPCHAT as evidence: The smoking gun often overlooked (16-08)

16. Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Reports: How to overcome hearsay objections (20-01)

VIII. JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY, RESOURCES & SAFETY ISSUES

1.  A Judges Soliloquy on Judging (10-22)

2.  Judicial Resource: Prof. Simon’s “Online Judge’s Bench Book” (11-06)

3.  Official Court Reporters – 10 Basic Rules Every Judge Should Follow (13-02)

4.  “Judicial Landmines” 20 Common Mistakes Every Judge Should Avoid (13-15)

5.  Handling Your 1st Electronic Calendar – Ten Simple Steps to Follow (14-06)

6.  Fifteen (15) Updates that New Judges Should Use in Court (14-10)

6.  Court-Related Violence: 15 Facts That Every Judge Should Know (14-17) 

7.  Top Ten Funny Judicial Quotes (15-08)

8. Judicial Decision-Making: “Implicit Bias” & “Decision Fatigue” (15-12) (Replaced by 20-03)

9. Judicial & Legal Writing: The #1 Rule for Improving = CUTTING (15-14) (Replaced by 20-02)

10. Warning signs for judges & attorneys – ten habits of chronically unhappy people (15-17)

11. The five most common regrets that people have at the end of their lives (15-19)

12. The Rise, Fall & Resurrection of Judge Pendleton (16-01)

13. Changing the name of the Blog (16-02)

14. The depressed lawyer – why are so many lawyers so unhappy? (16-07)

15. Ten tips that every new attorney should know (17-02)

16. The power of gratitude – improving your life & legal practice (17-05).

17. Judicial & legal writing: The Number #1 Rule For Improvement – CUTTING (20-02)

18. Judicial Decision-Making Fatigue: Can hunger and fatigue affect judicial fairness?  YES  (20-03)

19. Introduction to Minnesota’s most convenient and simple legal research library (20-04)

IX.   PLEA OF GUILTY, SENTENCING, PROBATION & EXPUNGEMENT

1.  Use of Leading Questions in Guilty Pleas (10-01)

2.  Felony Sentencing: Two Common Misunderstandings (10-02)

3.  Lothenbach Plea: A Potential Judicial Landmine (10-11)

4.  Acceptance of Guilty Plea – When? (10-18)

5.  Probation Revocations: The “Austin” Findings – Clarification (11-08)

6.  Jail Credit Calculation – New Supreme Court “Clarkin” Rule (12-07)

7.  Consecutive Sentencing – A Common Judicial Mistake (12-08)

8.  Minnesota Jail Credit Manual (12-10)

9. Sentencing Oversight: Inadvertent Deprivation of Lawful Jail Credit (13-07)

10. Dimler Amendment, Speeding Tickets &Your Driving Record (13-9)

11. Immigration: 5 Facts Every Judge (and attorney) Should Know (13-13)

12. Restitution vs. Fines, What Gets Paid First – New Rule (13-14)

13.  Alford (Defendant Denies Guilt) Plea of Guilty (14-18)

14.  Minnesota’s New Expungement Law – A Step by Step Guide (15-01)

15.  Minnesota’s New Expungement Law – Part Two (15-01A)

16. Felony Sentencing & Probation Violation Hearings: The one thing a judge should never say or promise (15-15)

17. Norgaard Plea of Guilty (Unable to Recall Facts) (15-16)

18. Time spent in jail while on probation: Urban myth – The 12 month limit (15-18)

X.    TRIAL ISSUES (COURT OR JURY – CRIMINAL & CIVIL)

1.  Courtroom Closure: Full or Partial Exclusions (10-06)

2.  Manual on Prosecutorial Misconduct (10-14)

3.  Cautionary Jury Instructions During Trial (11-02)

4.  Judicial Guidelines for Voir Dire (11-03)

5.  Criminal Voir Dire Questions Asked by the Court (11-04)

6.  Judicial Mistake #1: When Defendants Stipulate to Element of Offense (11-05)

7.  Impeachment – Prior Felony Conviction (11-14)

8.  Admissibility of Defendants Pre-Arrest Silence (11-16)

9. Rape Victim Myths – Expert Testimony: Supreme Court Clarification (11-15)

10. Criminal Pre-Trial Checklist (11-18)

11. Spriegl Evidence – 5 Step Process (12-04)

12. Jury Selection “Batson” Challenge (13-02)

13. Ordering Defendants to Wear Restraints During Trial (13-05)

14. Official Court Reporters – 10 Basic Rules Every Judge Should Follow (13-12)

15. Weapons & Hazardous Exhibits in the Courtroom Policy (14-03)

16. Courtroom Interpreters – 6 Procedural Steps to Follow (14-05)

17. Cross-Examination: Judicial Checklist for Mentoring Attorneys (14-08)

18. Hearsay vs. Non-Hearsay: The Fool-Proof Hearsay Test (14-15)

19. Civil Jury Trials: 10 Trial Issues Judges Should be Prepared For (14-19)

20. Pro-Se Defendants at Trial: Everything that Judges Need to Know (15-03)

21.  Judge’s On-Line Jury Trial Bench Book (15-06)

22.   Criminal Motions for Judgment of Acquittal  (15-07)

23. Use of Audio Recordings & Transcripts at Trial – The “Olkon” Cautionary Jury Instruction & Protecting Your Court Reporter (15-11)

24. What every judge & attorney needs to know about handling evidence during trial – 10 basic rules (16-03)

25. In a jury trial how can you tell if your presiding judge is inexperienced, incompetent or simply lazy? (16-04)

26. Question: What is one of the most common mistakes made by trial attorneys when cross examining an expert witness? (16-06)

27. The “Rule of Primacy”, The cornerstone to effective trial advocacy: Plus some bonus acting tips (17-01)

28. Exposing implicit racial bias during jury selection…How? (17-03)

29. Criminal Jury Trial Judges Manual “A step by step guide from the beginning of trial thru the return of verdict (17-04)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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