Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Darci J. Bentz as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s 5th Judicial District today. Bentz will be replacing the Honorable Linda S. Titus, who retired earlier this year. She will be chambered in Jackson in Jackson County.
“Darci Bentz’s long history of public service in the criminal justice system, and many years of dedicated service to her community, have prepared her well for this important position,” said Governor Dayton in a press release announcing the appointment. “I am confident Ms. Bentz will serve the people of the 5th Judicial District with excellence.”
She is an assistant public defender for the 5th Judicial District, where her practice focuses on representing adults and juveniles in criminal cases. Previously, she was an attorney at Scott, Nielsen & Bentz, representing clients in workers’ compensation cases, unemployment cases, and civil litigation, and a managing attorney for the public defender’s office. Bentz earned her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from the Hamline University School of Law.
Bentz is also is a member of the Martin/Jackson/Faribault County Family Dependency Court.
Minnesota’s 5th Judicial District consists of Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, and Watonwan counties.