Supreme Court adopts amendments to Civil Disqualification Rules


On March 13, 2018, the Minnesota Supreme Court granted the Board on Judicial Standards’ petition to amend Rules 63.02 and 63.03 of the Rules of Civil Procedure.  See Order Promulgating Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, File No. ADM04-8001 (Minn. 2018).  The new judicial-disqualification standard provides consistency among the Code of Judicial Conduct, other court rules, and appellate decisions.  The previous language in the Rules of Civil Procedure did not accurately state the disqualification standard and was a potential source of confusion.  The revised language incorporates the disqualification standard in Judicial Code Rule 2.11(A)(2)(c) and provides guidance to judges, lawyers, and the public when disqualification issues arise.