Company:State of Minnesota - 2nd Judicial District
Location(s):15 Kellogg Blvd W
Saint Paul, MN
At the Minnesota Supreme Court -- the highest court in the state -- these words signal the beginning of a day's court hearings. Sometimes called the "court of last resort," this is Minnesota's highest appellate court and it is unlike any other court in the state.
The Supreme Court plays a vital role in our constitutional system, as well as an important role in the daily lives of citizens.
As one of the three branches of government, the judiciary maintains checks and balances with the legislative (House of Representatives, Senate) and executive (Governor) branches of government. The Minnesota Supreme Court also serves as the final guardian of the state constitution and interprets and applies the U.S. Constitution.
But, beyond that, the Supreme Court serves people. Each year hundreds of persons -- individuals, companies, even state and local governments -- bring their appeals of legal cases to this court. Sometimes the decisions the court makes interpreting a law may only affect the people in that case, but often the decisions have an impact on every citizen in the state.