Judge Steve Halsey

It’s In Your Court

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

— Wright County District Court Judge Stephen Halsey authored this article, with quotes from Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Paul Rasmussen, chambered in Clearwater County.

 

 

 

Fri
12
Oct

It’s In Your Court: You are presumed innocent


Judge Steve Halsey

Over the past several months, there have been serious allegations of sexual harassment and criminal sexual conduct against many celebrities and politicians.

Tue
11
Sep

It’s In Your Court: No mulligans in criminal court


Judge Steve Halsey

If you are a golfer you may have more than once announced to your playing partners, “I’m taking a mulligan” when you had a bad shot. We all have desires for “do-overs” when we mess up in life.

Tue
28
Aug

It’s In Your Court: How do judges become judges?


Judge Steve Halsey

During the general election in November you may turn over your ballot and find a list of candidates for district court judge, as well as candidates for Minnesota Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

Mon
30
Jul

It’s In Your Court: ‘But it’s a matter of principle!’


Judge Steve Halsey

An old saying with which we are all familiar is, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” But once involved in a lawsuit, a lot of litigants forget the practicality and common sense of that old saw.

Tue
17
Jul

It’s In Your Court: It’s In Your Court: Pioneer Battles Over Courthouses


Judge Steve Halsey

Buried in Minnesota history of the last half of the 1800s are not only famous courtroom battles, but also battles over the location of the courthouse within the county.

Mon
09
Jul

It’s In Your Court: It’s In Your Court: Did you know your vehicle could be forfeited?


Judge Steve Halsey

During this legislative session there have been hearings on a bill which appears to be intended to grant relief to motor vehicle owners whose vehicles may be forfeited to law enforcement for certain crimes committed by drivers of those vehicles.

Wed
13
Jun

It’s In Your Court: Court hearings are open to the public, but are not public hearings


Judge Steve Halsey

At our judicial trainings one of our very-experienced judges with a long criminal law background has lectured the attendees, “Never…never…never… close the courtroom to the public.” Under Minnesota’s court rules the vast majority of court hearings,

Wed
09
May

It’s in Your Court: Thank you, jurors


Judge Steve Halsey

In May we celebrate Juror Appreciation Week in Minnesota’s courts. Judges and court administrators are keenly aware of the additional financial stresses that may accompany jury duty.

Mon
23
Apr

It’s in Your Court: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month


Judge Steve Halsey

There has been a dramatic increase in cases which involve allegations of abuse and neglect of children in Minnesota in the past few years.

Mon
09
Apr

In Your Court: Stupid is as stupid does


Judge Steve Halsey

Frequently during the movie Forrest Gump the namesake says, “Stupid is as stupid does.” When it comes to criminal activity, there is no shortage of proof on YouTube and on cable TV shows that this phrase is true.

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