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Sunday, December 9, 2018
New Opinions: Dec. 6
The Supreme Court posted 26 new opinions on Dec. 6.
Court amends judicial education rule
The Supreme Court has issued an amended order of adoption for N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 36 on judicial education. In the amended order, the Court changed the effective date for the rule amendments from Dec. 1, 2018, to July 1, 2020.
Justice Jensen meets students at Wishek High School
Justice Jon Jensen Supreme Court Justice Jon Jensen visited Wishek High School on Dec. 4 to talk to seniors about the North Dakota judicial system, the judicial branch and the moot court problem the students are participating in this year.
State Hospital site ideal for minimum-security prison, ND corrections official says
Dickinson Press: "The North Dakota State Hospital campus will solve parallel challenges within the state prison system, said Leann Bertsch, director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation."
U.S. District Court to hold naturalization ceremony Dec. 12
U.S. District Court The United States District Court for the District of North Dakota will host a ceremony for the naturalization of new citizens in Fargo on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice R. Senechal will preside over the ceremony where an estimated 50 new citizens will take the oath.
U.S.: Groundwater's muddy legal history under the Clean Water Act
E & E News: "The Supreme Court has signaled its interest in a potentially game-changing debate over the scope of the Clean Water Act. The justices [Dec. 3] invited the Trump administration to weigh in on whether the law applies to pollutants that travel through groundwater."
S.D.: Preliminary reports to Council of Juvenile Services
Pierre Capital Journal: "South Dakota's juvenile justice system impacts thousands of youths and their families annually. Such impacts include juvenile justice, child protection activities, and alcohol and drug services."

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The December Term of Court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
Administrator sets 2019 judgment interest rate
The North Dakota State Court Administrator has set the judgment interest rate for 2019 at 8.50 percent. The administrator is required by law to annually determine the judgment interest rate prior to Dec. 20. The rate will be applied to all judgments entered in 2019.
Lawyer licenses expire Dec. 31
The State Board of Law Examiners reminds lawyers that 2018 licenses to practice law in North Dakota expire December 31, 2018, regardless of when the 2018 license fee was paid. Lawyers should watch their mail for the 2019 billing in the coming weeks and promptly pay the fee by check or money order.
Pro hac vice payment reminder
Under Rule 3, Admission to Practice rules, if you continue to appear in 2019 in a North Dakota proceeding for which you have already filed a motion for pro hac vice admission, you are required to pay a fee of $380 by Jan. 1, 2019.
Court adopts changes to rule on judicial referees
The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 13 regarding the scope of duties delegable to judicial referees. The amendments take effect Jan. 1.
Court approves new rule on specialized dockets
The Supreme Court has approved new Administrative Rule 60, which creates "an interdisciplinary committee on specialized dockets." The new rule takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.
Justice Jensen visits Midway High School
Supreme Court Justice Jon Jensen visited Midway High School in Inkster on Dec. 5 to talk about the North Dakota judiciary and answer questions from students. Social Studies teacher Kelli Slominski invited Justice Jensen to speak to the 7th through 12th grade classes.
SCJD small claims court program set for Dec. 10
Judicial Referee Pam Nesvig will present a one-hour program to provide information to parties who plan to participate in a small claims court proceeding. The program will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, at the Burleigh County Courthouse.

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U.S.: Supreme Court weighs 'double jeopardy' dispute
United States Supreme Court building Reuters: "U.S. Supreme Court justices on Thursday expressed skepticism about putting limits on criminal charges being brought against people for the same offenses by both federal and state prosecutors in a case involving an Alabama man charged with illegally possessing a gun."
8th Circuit decides N.D. case
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has affirmed a district court summary judgment in a North Dakota insurance case.
  • Mau v. Twin City Fire Insurance Co.
  • U.S. District Court amends local rules on electronic filing and service
    U.S. District Court The United States District Court for the District of North Dakota amended its Local Rules and Administrative Policy Governing Electronic Filing and Service effective Dec. 1.

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    Iowa changes way it's notifying potential jurors
    KELO News: "Iowa has changed the way it's notifying potential jurors. The state announced Monday that residents will no longer receive paper questionnaires in the mail with the summonses. They'll be getting postcards instead with information on how to complete the questionnaires online."

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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney for McKenzie County in Watford City has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Chief Assistant State's Attorney for McKenzie County in Watford City has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Legal Assistant II with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Dickinson has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney II for Burleigh County in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Deputy Recorder/Clerk of Court for Grant County in Carson has been posted.
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    A job announcement for Contract Attorneys with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in the Southeast Judicial District has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Temporary Dual Status Youth Initiative Coordinator with the Office of the State Court Administrator in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant Attorney General for the University System in Grand Forks has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney for Ward County in Minot has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Attorney II (Public Defender) with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Watford City has been posted.

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