487.03 MS 1957 Local, Hennepin County, 1961, chapter 527
Subdivision 1. Qualifications; oath. Each judge shall be learned in the law and a resident of the county court district in which the court has jurisdiction. A probate judge now in office shall be considered learned in the law for purposes of election as a judge of a county court. Before entering upon the duties of office, each judge shall take and subscribe an oath, in the form prescribed by law for judicial officers, and a certified copy of the oath shall be filed in the office of each of the county auditors within the county court district.
Subd. 2. Election. Each judge shall be elected at the general election for a term of six years, beginning on the first Monday of the January next following the judge's election and until a successor qualifies. No individual shall be a candidate for more than one county court judgeship at any election.
In any election following reduction of the number of county court judges pursuant to section 487.01, subdivision 7 the requirement contained in section 204B.06, subdivision 6, that a candidate for office of judge state the office for which the person is a candidate shall not apply. In such a situation all parties filing for office of judge shall run against each other for the remaining seats. However, each candidate who otherwise would have qualified to have the word "incumbent" printed after the candidate's name on the ballot pursuant to section 204B.36, subdivision 5, shall retain this right.
Subd. 3. Repealed, 1973 c 569 s 6
Subd. 4. Repealed, 1977 c 432 s 49
Subd. 5. Vacancy. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of judge, the governor shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy, to hold office until a successor is elected and qualified. The successor shall be elected for a six year term at the next general election occurring more than one year after such appointment.
Subd. 6. Judge positions; creation; abolition. Upon the occurrence of the first vacancy in the office of county court judge in each of the counties of Carver and Scott, the vacant judgeship is abolished. When each judgeship is abolished, an additional office of judge of district court is created in the First Judicial District. The governor shall appoint a qualified person to fill each office until a successor is elected and qualified. The successor shall be elected for a six year term at the next general election occurring more than one year after the appointment.