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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Today at the Court
9:30 am Purdy v. Purdy
10:45 am State v. Simundson
1:30 pm Orwig v. Orwig
1:30 pm Orwig's Livestock Supplements, Inc. v. Orwig
2:45 pm Schwab v. State
New Opinion: Dec. 11
The Supreme Court posted a new opinion on Dec. 11.
January Term of Court
North Dakota Supreme Court
The January Term of Court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
Minority Justice Implementation Committee 2017 report
The Minority Justice Implementation Committee has posted its 2017 annual report.
Justice Jensen visits N.D. high schools
Justice Jon Jensen Justice Jensen continued his visits to North Dakota high schools to discuss the North Dakota judicial system during the past several weeks, stopping at Grenora, Northern Cass, Oakes and Scranton. The visits are arranged through local high school social studies teachers.
Committee on Trial Court Operations Dec. 19 agenda
The agenda for the Dec. 19 meeting of the Committee on Trial Court Operations and the committee's Sept. 26 minutes have been posted.
Minn.: Researchers conducting study on access to justice in rural communities
Grand Rapids Herald Review: "In partnership with Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota, researchers at the Duluth Campus of the University of Minnesota Medical School are conducting research across the region. They want to speak with local community members about their lives and concerns."
Job Announcement
A job announcement for a Senior Assistant State's Attorney for Burleigh County in Bismarck has been posted.

North Dakota
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.
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.
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.
Court adopts amendments to procedural rules
The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Appellate Procedure, Evidence, Court, and the Administrative Rules. The amendments take effect March 1, 2019.
Legal community supports Santa Run
Santa Run 2018 The 5th annual Santa Run was held on Dec. 8 at the North Dakota Heritage Center. The event is designed to raise awareness of addiction issues in the community and to raise money for entities assisting individuals in recovery.

Federal

Minnesota
New tool compares sex crime sentences in Minnesota
St. Cloud Times: "A national organization says Minnesota's sentences for sexual offenders are 'weak,' according to data compiled this fall, but local prosecutors say there is more to consider."

South Dakota
S.D.: U.S. appeals court declines to reconsider local ICWA case
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Rapid City Journal: "A federal appeals court has rejected a petition to re-hear a case where three of its judges overturned a local federal ruling that said Pennington County must give Native American parents more rights during the initial hearings of child-removal cases."

Montana

Other Jurisdictions
Nation: 'Justice' is Merriam-Webster's word of the year
NBC Montana News/AP: "Racial justice. Obstruction of justice. Social justice. The Justice Department. Merriam-Webster has chosen 'justice' as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle over months and months."

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

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