"Judge Koch created a very positive experience for a first time juror. He brought lightness to a very heavy subject matter. He was clear w/ instruction + patient. He never seemed biased + made me feel positive about the justice system."
"The judge was courteous, fair and informative. I felt Judge Koch had a great balance of being professional while being extremely human with both jurors and officers of the court."
"Judge was always calm + patient, as well as positive + friendly toward all. Respectful. Good demeanor with the young witnesses. He seems like an excellent judge overall.
"The judge was kind and put the jury at ease so that they could focus on the case. He was very approachable and answered all questions with patience. At times he was hilarious but very appropriate. Years of experience was evident and I hope all cases are handled with such professionalism in the Hennepin County District Courts and similar to my experience in Judge Koch's courtroom. Very impressed!"
"Judge Koch, thank you very much for making an apprehensive experience into a tolerable one that was educational and informative. I don't know how you and your staff do this every day but I am grateful you do!"
"Judge Koch was the utmost in intelligent, courteous + patient communication. He was thorough, clear, yet concise with instructions. Very kind to all witnesses, no matter their situation."
"I was impressed with everything about how Judge Koch ran his courtroom. It also helped when he had a bit of levity here + there as the entire process vacillated between tedious and stressful."
"He was an outstanding judge!! He was very good at explaining everything to the jury."
"He was a bright spot dealing under disturbing circumstances."
"Judge Koch was straight-faced and stoic throughout the trial aside from his extremely pleasant demeanor in addressing the jurors. He made the jury comfortable, welcome, and clearly demonstrated his respect and appreciation for our time and service."
"I was so impressed by Judge Koch that
I felt lucky to have been a part of this whole process."
"Judge Koch was very professional, thorough and patient. He has to do the same thing every day but it appears to enjoy what he's doing. Very nice + good judge!"
"Phenomenally skilled at 1) putting the jury @ ease + making the jury feel respected + valued, 2) expectations [management] - i.e. explaining time management challenges + managing accordingly. Masterful."
"Judge Koch did such a nice job making us all comfortable.
Everyone was nervous and he really put us all at ease. Thank you!"
"Judge Koch was wonderful! I found him to be sincere and felt very informed about all aspects of the trial as we as serving on the jury. His courtroom was actually an enjoyable place to be."
"Being the 1st time in my life for an experience like this the judge made us feel very comfortable and free to express ourselves. His refreshing smile kept us going throughout the trial. God bless you."
"Judge Koch made the jury feel very comfortable. He was fair and had a calm demeanor throughout the trial and stayed late on a Friday afternoon to answer our questions on the process."
"Because of the judge's delightful, relaxed courtroom it made it possible for the jurors to feel at ease, focus on the case, hear the judge's instruction, enjoy the experience & feel like the time spent was worthwhile."
"Was really taken by his kind manner toward all involved, his helpful explanations along the way & his follow up afterwards."
"Obviously, as with every other juror in existence, jury duty was a huge inconvenience to my professional life/schedule. But if that hadn't been the case, I would've absolutely loved my service. It's fascinating to see the actual goings on in a trial: the strategy, what is and is not admissible evidence, the skills of the attorneys and their individual styles, even the actual number of people involved in producing a fair trial. It's impressive and I thank all of you for your service in this important process + for making my experience a plesant one."