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Local judge named vice chair of state conference

St. Louis County District Court Judge Gary J. Pagliaccetti is the new vice chair of the Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges. The CCJ announced this week that Ramsey County District Court Judge J. Thomas Mott has been elected to chair the confere...

St. Louis County District Court Judge Gary J. Pagliaccetti is the new vice chair of the Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges.
The CCJ announced this week that Ramsey County District Court Judge J. Thomas Mott has been elected to chair the conference, and Pagliaccetti will serve as vice chair for the next two years.
The CCJ is the administrative and policy-making body of Minnesota's trial courts. The conference is made up of an elected chief judge and assistant chief judge from each of the state's 10 judicial districts. In the past it has also addressed such issues as bias in the courts and the role of judges in pro bono legal services.
Pagliaccetti is currently chief judge of the Sixth Judicial District, which includes Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties. Mott is the assistant chief judge of the Second Judicial District, which consists of Ramsey County.
The two are taking charge as Minnesota's legal system faces a funding shift.
"Our docket is pretty full, literally and figuratively," Mott said. "In addition to moving an increasing amount of cases through the system each year, the courts are in a state of massive transformation as we move from county to state funding.
"Our goal will be to ensure a smooth transition, but maintain our flexibility, effectiveness and commitment to serving the public. I am confident we can work together to achieve that."
"Judges want to make sure that Minnesotans have adequate access to justice and that the system is actively working to be more effective," Pagliaccetti said. "I really look forward to working with Judge Mott and the entire CCJ on these issues."
Pagliaccetti became well known in the Northland when he ended up presiding over the long-running highly publicized Donald Blom trial. Blom was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering Katie Poirier.
Pagliaccetti has served on the Supreme Court's Gender Fairness Implementation Committee and was just appointed to a special redistricting panel that will issue a redistricting plan if legislators can't agree on time.
He grew up in Mountain Iron and earned degrees from St. John's University and Hamline University School of Law. He served as assistant public defender for the Sixth Judicial District and as a staff attorney for the juvenile, welfare and criminal divisions of the St. Louis County Attorney's Office. He has also worked in private practice and taught at Mesabi Community College.
Pagliaccetti was appointed to the district court bench in 1989.

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