Judge Greg Galler

Fugitives from justice can understand the idea of the long arm of the law through a legal process known as extradition. Extradition deals with one state returning someone to another state to stand trial or to be sentenced in a criminal court action.

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Sometimes when a minor allegedly commits a crime, the law provides that society’s interests are better met by treating the juvenile as an adult. This process is known as “certification.” Minnesota law has rules to decide when a juvenile is certified to be treated as an adult. In Minnesota a child as young as 14 years old could be certified to adult court.

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Have you ever thought about the unique importance of serving on a jury? Citizens, as jurors, voluntarily give their time and effort on behalf of this fundamental right. Jurors serve as neutral judges of the facts and as the conscience of the community for the cases that they hear.

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It is sometimes said that the wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine. Many people become frustrated that there are so many steps before a criminal case is concluded. However, the process is better thought of as deliberate rather than slow.

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Going to court can be a stressful, time-consuming and expensive way to resolve a dispute. Many attorneys charge more than $250 per hour and civil cases can take more than a year to be resolved in court. Even after a court decision, people often spend as much time and money on an appeal as on the original case.

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