Judge Greg Galler

Tue
03
Oct

From the Bench: State and federal court systems in Minnesota


Greg Galler, District Court Judge

Did you know that there are two separate court systems in Minnesota? There is the Minnesota state court system and a separate Federal court system. Each system has their own courthouses, laws, and judges.

Fri
29
Sep

From the Bench: Zoning and land use planning lawsState and federal court systems in Minnesota


Greg Galler, District Court Judge

Did you know that there are two separate court systems in Minnesota? There is the Minnesota state court system and a separate Federal court system. Each system has their own courthouses, laws, and judges.

Tue
08
Aug

From the Bench: Zoning and land use planning laws


Greg Galler, District Court Judge

If your neighborhood had one last open lot in it and you heard that new construction was soon to begin, would you prefer if a home were built that was similar in size and style to other homes in the area or would you prefer to have a dynamite fact

Sun
04
Dec

Presidential Pardons

From the Bench

Will he or won’t he? That is a question a lot of political commentators are asking about whether or not President Obama will pardon Hillary Clinton. Whatever the answer to that question is, other questions are equally interesting (and far less political). Specifically, what are pardons and why are presidents allowed to issue them at all?

Wed
07
Sep

Negligence explained

From the Bench

There has been a lot in the news recently about the idea of negligence. Negligence is a fancy way of saying that someone has fallen below an expected standard of behavior. The law often refers to it as a “standard of care.” 

Sun
17
Jul

Role of county attorneys

From the Bench

When I was practicing law part of my work included representing a number of cities and townships. One day a man called and asked if I was the City Attorney for a certain city. I told him that I was. He then began to tell me about a problem that he had with a car that he had recently purchased. After a few moments I asked why he was calling me as the City Attorney to discuss this private issue. He said that he lived in that city and paid taxes, therefore I had to represent him. He was somewhat upset when I told him that that is not what city attorneys do.

Sun
29
May

10th Judicial District Self-Help Center

From the Bench

Lawyers provide a number of services such as advising their clients about the merits of claims, offering strategic advice, performing legal research, and preparing legal documents. However, while these services can be invaluable, they also come at a financial cost. Because of this, many people choose to represent themselves in court.

Wed
13
Apr

Miranda Warnings

From the Bench

“You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you . . .” So begins the famous “Miranda Warnings” that so many of us first learned about while watching TV shows growing up. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision, “Miranda vs. Arizona,” which has forever changed the way law enforcement handles custodial interrogations.

Sun
10
Jan

Incompetency of criminal defendant’s to proceed to trial

From the Bench

You have probably heard news stories about people who won’t face trial because they are not competent to proceed through the legal process.  This is a different legal issue than when a jury finds someone not guilty by reason of mental illness or defect.

Sun
15
Nov

Distracted driving

From the Bench

When I was growing up my parents always wanted me to carry a dime in my pocket. If there was an emergency, I was to find a pay phone and call them. Today, dimes in the pocket are out and technology is in. Many parents initially agree to get cell phones for their children so that if there is an emergency, the child can easily call for help.

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