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Sunday, April 30, 2017
Monday at the Court
9:30am State v. Cox
10:45am State v. Hedstrom
Waived Buresh v. State
New Opinion: April 28
The Supreme Court posted a new opinion on April 28.
Justice Kapsner announces resignation
Justice Carol Kapsner Justice Carol Kapsner has announced her resignation effective July 31. She was appointed to the Supreme Court in October 1998 by Governor Edward T. Schafer after a long career in private practice. She is a University of Colorado School of Law graduate.
  • Gov. Burgum's News Release
  • Justice Kapsner Biography
  • Court makes rule changes in response to constitutional amendment
    The North Dakota Supreme Court has adopted several rule amendments in response to the Marsy's Law constitutional amendment, N.D. Const. Art. I,  25. The amendments take effect May 1.
    A case for education: UND School of Law mulls tuition hikes in light of budget cuts
    University of North Dakota Law School Building Grand Forks Herald: "Gerald VandeWalle, chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court, says there aren't many attorneys left in the field from his graduating law class at UND. 'I was 1958,' said the 83-year-old judge. 'There are still two of us licensed in the state, I believe.'"
    G.F. bar association meets with Senate staffer
    Tessa A Gould, Chief of Staff for US Senator Heidi Heitkamp spoke at the April meeting of the Grand Forks County Bar Association. Gould updated the members on the workings of Senator Heitkamp's office and the Senator's position on various issues.
    At North Dakota's only Youth Court, kids hold other kids accountable
    Bismarck Tribune: "Twice weekly in a conference room here, children and teens accused of shoplifting, vandalizing, egging a house or some other disorderly act sit before a jury of their peers to face the consequences."
    Minnesota's top judge speaks on the justice system
    Minn. Chief Justice Gildea Brainerd Dispatch: "Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea spoke in Brainerd Tuesday on why the state's judicial system is the best in the nation, and why state lawmakers should give it adequate funding as they decide budgets during the 2017 legislative session."

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    NEJD Judge Geiger to retire
    Judge Richard Geiger District Judge Richard Geiger has announced his retirement effective October 1. He was elected judge of the Northeast Judicial District in 1994. He previously served as county judge of Walsh, Pembina, and Cavalier Counties from 1987-1994.
  • Judge Geiger Biography
  • May Term of Court
    North Dakota Supreme Court
    The May term of court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
    Notice of Judicial Vacancies
    The Judicial Nominating Committee has received letters from Governor Doug Burgum convening the committee to screen applicants and submit a list of nominees to fill two judgeships: one in the Northeast Judicial District and one in the Southeast Judicial District. Applications are due May 1.
    Judgeship retained at Rugby
    The Supreme Court has ordered the judgeship vacated by the retirement of District Judge John C. McClintock, Jr., to be retained at Rugby.
    Judgeship retained at Jamestown
    The Supreme Court has ordered the judgeship being vacated by the retirement of District Judge John E. Greenwood, effective August 1, 2017, to be retained at Jamestown.
    Court adopts rule amendments related to victims' rights
    The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to N.D.R.Crim. P. 15, 16 and 32; N.D.R.Juv.P. 4 and 12.1; N.D.R.Ct. 3.4 and N.D.Sup.Ct.Admin.R. 41. The amendments are intended to implement the victims' rights provisions in N.D. Const. Art. I, § 25. They take effect May 1.

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    SD: First time in history, majority of women on SD Supreme Court
    South Dakota Great Seal SDPB.org: "The South Dakota Supreme Court had a majority of female justices for one case on Tuesday, April 25."

    Montana

    Other States and Jurisdictions
    National: 1st Amendment doesn't always protect government workers
    ABA Journal: "High-profile controversies over police shootings, questionable promotions, racial profiling, attacks on law enforcement and race-based incidents have led to an increase in public employees being disciplined for publicly posting commentary deemed offensive or incendiary."

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    A job announcement for a City Attorney for the City of Dickinson has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Attorney (Non-classified) with the North Dakota Insurance Department in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Indigent Defense Contractor with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Dickey and LaMoure Counties has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Indigent Defense Juvenile Contractor with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Cass County has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for five law clerk positions with the North Dakota Supreme Court in Bismarck has been posted.

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