Judge Randall J. Slieter

On October 5, 2018, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton selected me to serve on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. I began that role on December 3, 2018. Previously, I was appointed to the Trial Court Bench in 1994 and was the sole chambered Judge in Renville County. I presided over all civil, criminal and family matters that came before the Court. I’ve also presided over complex civil litigation matters as well as jury trials. The attorneys before whom I preside have shared their belief that I officiate with fairness, a deep sense of justice as well as a high level of legal knowledge.

I am committed to my community through participation in many activities and have been involved in leadership positions both locally and statewide. I look forward to continuing the community involvement while serving on the Court of Appeals.


Minnesota District Court/Tribal Court Forum
2010 – Present

Minnesota Judicial Branch Education & Organizational Development
Faculty Development Team
2010 – Present

Minnesota District Judges Association, Board of Directors
Alternate Eighth District Member
2010 – Present

Criminal & Juvenile Justice Task Force (CrimNet Task Force)
Judicial Representative
2004 – 2016

Minnesota Supreme Court Technology Investment Advisory Workgroup
2006 – 2008

Minnesota Supreme Court Technology Planning Committee

Minnesota Supreme Court New Technologies Subcommittee
Past Chair

Minnesota Supreme Court Request Advisory Board
Past Chair

Minnesota Court Information System – Document Management System Group
MNCIS-DMS/E-Filing Project
Project Sponsor

Minnesota Supreme Court General Rules of Practice Committee

8th Judicial District Long Range Planning Committee

Personnel Committee, Eighth Judicial District
Past Chair

Court Administration Consolidation Committee
Criminal Justice Bully Program

12th District Bar Association
Past President

Western Minnesota Legal Services Corpoartion
Past Board of Directors Member

Hamline University School of Law, National Mock Trial Program

MSBA Volunteer Attorney Program

MSBA Mock Trial Program
Past Attorney Coach and Trial Judge

Minnesota State Bar Association

American Bar Association



Professional Awards

2009 – 2010 Elmer H. Wiblishauser Author’s Award
Issued by the Minnesota State Bar Association Publications Committee, October 2010
Best article contributed to Bench & Bar magazine for an article entitled: “Contempt of Court: Has This Been A Bad Month for Your Client?”, May/June 2010

Award For Outstanding Service To The Community
Minnesota District Judges Association
September 2002



Published Materials

William Mitchell Law Review
“The Minnesota Public Defender System: A Change of Governance Should Occur For the State to Effectively Fulfill its Constitutional Obligation”
Vol. 37, No. 2, 2011; Co-Author

Bench & Bar Of Minnesota Magazine
“Contempt of Court: Has This Been a Bad Month for Your Client?”
Vol. LXVII, No. V, May/June 2010

Hear It From The Judge
Monthly Newspaper Column, 20 Eighth Judicial District Weekly Newspapers
Summer 2008 – 2015

Bench Notes, 2008 Minnesota District Judges Association
“Technology: What changes Judges Might Expect to See in the Next Ten Years.”
Spring 2008

e-Filing Report, 2003 Glasser Legalworks
“Electronic Filing in Minnesota’s Courts”
May 2003, Vol. 3, No. 5

About Me


Appeals Court Judge
Minnesota Court of Appeals, St. Paul MN
2018 – Present

District Court Judge
Minnesota Eighth Judicial District, Olivia MN
1994 – 2018

Attorney At Law
Qualley, Boulton & Slieter, Canby MN
1986 – 1994

Law Clerk
US Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota, St. Paul MN
1985 – 1986

Legislative Intern
Minnesota House of Representatives, St. Paul MN
1980 – 1982

Law School & College Faculty

Adjunct Professor Of Pre-Trial Litigation
Mitchell Hamlin College of Law, St. Paul MN
Spring 2015

Adjunct Professor Of Remedies
Mitchell Hamlin College of Law, St. Paul MN
Spring 2000 – 2013

Adjunct Professor Of Wrap
Mitchell Hamlin College of Law, St. Paul MN
Fall 2000 – Spring 2010

Adjunct Professor In Department Of Government
Minnesota State University, Mankato MN
2010 – 2011


Hamline University School Of Law
St. Paul MN
August 1983 – May 1986
Juris Doctor, May 1986

University Of Minnesota
Minneapolis MN
September 1981 – April 1983
Bachelor of Arts, April 1983
Major: Political Science, Minor: Economics

Concordia College
St. Paul MN
September 1979 – May 1981


Olivia Kiwanis Barbershop Quartet

Kiwanis International Member
2008 – Present

RC Hospital Foundation Board Member
2008 – 2014

Woodbury Chorus & Orchestra

BOLD Community Jazz and Swing Band

Southwestern Technical College Board of Directors
Past Member and Chair

St. Aloysius Church Choir

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Canby Area Chamber of Commerce
Past President

Rotary International
Selected Group Study Exchange to Australia, 1992


Married, Wife Susan
Four children, five grandchildren