N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R.
Administrative Rule 6.1 - ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS
Section 1. Authority and Purpose.
In accordance with Under Article VI, Section 3, of the North Dakota Constitution, the Supreme
Court adopts this rule providing for administrative units and defining the role of trial court
Section 2. Administrative Units — Establishment.
A. To provide consistent, effective, and efficient administrative support services to the district courts, the state is divided into four administrative units. The administrative units consist of existing judicial districts.
B. The administrative units are:
1. Unit 1 consisting of the Northeast and Northeast Central judicial districts.
2. Unit 2 consisting of the Southeast and East Central judicial districts.
3. Unit 3 consisting of the South Central and Southwest judicial districts.
4. Unit 4 consisting of the Northwest and Northwest Central judicial districts.
Trial Court Administrator — Position, Duties, and Responsibilities.
Trial cCourt administrators assist the State Court Administrator and the judges in the
administrative unit in ensuring uniform and consistent implementation of Judicial Branch policies
Trial cCourt administrators are hired by the presiding judges and the State Court
Administrator. Qualifications of the trial court administrator are established by
Supreme Court policy.
Trial cCourt administrators are supervised by the State Court Administrator.
C. The duties and responsibilities of each
trial court administrator include:
1. Implementing and ensuring compliance with the policies and procedures adopted by the Judicial Branch and ensuring compliance with all applicable rules and policies adopted by the Supreme Court.
2. Implementing and ensuring compliance with policies and procedures adopted by the judges in the administrative unit which are not inconsistent with Judicial Branch policies and procedures.
3. With the exception of judicial referees, law clerks, court reporters, and
secretaries to judges electronic court recorder, hiring and supervising all trial
court personnel in the administrative unit, including state-employed clerks of
court, juvenile court personnel, and calendar control clerks.
4. Monitoring compliance with personnel-related policies and providing interpretation of policies to trial court personnel.
5. If supervisory authority is delegated to the
trial court administrator by the
presiding judge, supervising judicial referees, law clerks, court reporters, and
secretaries to judges electronic court recorder hired by the presiding judge of
the judicial district.
6. Developing work plans to ensure efficient use of administrative personnel.
7. Assigning subordinate personnel to other locations within the administrative unit in accordance with Judicial Branch staffing.
8. Providing regular reports to the Council on the state of the district courts within the administrative unit, including fiscal management, case management, jury management, juvenile court services,
services, facilities, and personnel and records management.
9. In consultation with the presiding judges of the administrative unit, preparing a budget for the unit each biennium.
10. Performing duties or responsibilities as may be directed by the State Court Administrator.
11. Performing such other non-conflicting duties or responsibilities as may be directed by the presiding judges of the judicial districts within the administrative unit.
trial court administrator may delegate supervisory or other authority to assistants
or local administrative personnel as considered appropriate or necessary.
trial court administrator shall oversee the provision of administrative support
services throughout the administrative unit for which the administrator is responsible. Section 4. Effective Date. The effective date of this rule is August 1, 2004.
Sources: Administrative Reorganization of the Judicial System, Supreme Court No. 20030098;
Judicial Redistricting, Supreme Court No. 20130153; Amendments to N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 6
and 6.1 Supreme Court No. 20130221.