Minnesota Third Judicial District Court
Minnesota 3rd Judicial District Court Judge Pam King is chambered in Olmsted County which is in southeastern Minnesota. She presides over civil, criminal, family, juvenile, and probate matters. She was appointed in October 2015, elected in October 2016, and re-elected in 2022. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge King worked as an attorney for the Minnesota State Public Defender. In this role, she handled cases involving complex litigation and/or forensic science. She consulted with public defenders and private defense lawyers on a variety of issues including forensic DNA, forensic pathology, toxicology, and drug chemistry. She was a participant and then facilitated the Minnesota State Public Defender DNA Institute. In 2018 Judge King was awarded the Magnus Mukoro Award for Integrity in Forensic Science by New York City Legal Aid Society. Judge King served as a Commissioner on the National Commission on Forensic Sciences. She is an AAFS fellow, is currently on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She is also on the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Academy Standards Board. She is a member of the Minnesota Association of District Court Judges.