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Monday, December 5, 2016
Tomorrow at the Court
10:45am Mitzel v. Larson
Waived State v. Ortiz
Waived State v. Cox
Waived Interest of E.G.U.
Waived Interest of J.E.U.
New Opinions: Dec. 5
The Supreme Court posted 13 new opinions on Dec. 5.
Investiture of Judge Jason McCarthy - the December 2, 2016 photos
Judge Jason McCarthy is sworn in Judge Jason McCarthy was formally installed as a judge of the Northeast Central Judicial District in an investiture ceremony on Dec. 2 in Grand Forks. He was appointed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple to replace Judge Debbie Kleven. Here are the photos.
December Term of Court
North Dakota Supreme Court
The December term of court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
Courthouses closed due to weather
The Divide, Kidder, Logan, McKenzie and Rolette County courthouses have closed for the day due to the weather. The Eddy County courthouse will be closed Tuesday.
Notice of Judicial Vacancy
The Judicial Nominating Committee has received a letter from Governor Jack Dalrymple convening the Committee to screen applicants and submit a list of nominees to fill the Northwest Judicial District position open as a result of the retirement of Judge David W. Nelson. Applications are due Dec. 13.
Administrative Council Dec. 9 agenda
The agenda for the Dec. 9 meeting of the Administrative Council and the council's Sept. 23 minutes have been posted.
U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 5 arguments
United States Supreme Court building Monday the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases involving the use of racial factors in legislative redistricting.
  • McCrory v. Bowers
  • Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections
  • U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 6 arguments
    Tuesday the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on whether the shipment of one commodity component from the United States for foreign assembly and unauthorized sale violates federal law.
  • Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp.
  • Montana Supreme Court blocks decision on Marsy's Law effective date
    KTVH News: "The Montana Supreme Court is holding up a decision on when a constitutional amendment expanding rights for crime victims will take effect."
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Deputy Solicitor General with the N.D. Office of Attorney General in Bismarck has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Attorney II (Public Defender) with the N.D. Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Minot has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for an Indigent Defense Contractor with the N.D. Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Grand Forks has been posted.

    North Dakota
    Free CLE on deeds to be held in Bismarck
    Debbie Kroshus, Burleigh County Recorder, will answer questions about deeds and more during a one hour presentation on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Burleigh County Courthouse. No pre-registration is required.
    Lawyer licenses expire December 31
    The State Board of Law Examiners reminds lawyers that 2016 licenses to practice law in North Dakota expire December 31, 2016, regardless of when the 2016 license fee was paid. Lawyers should watch their mail for the 2017 billing in the coming weeks and promptly pay the fee.
    Pro hac vice fee payment reminder
    Under Rule 3 of the Admission to Practice Rules, lawyers who continue to appear in 2017 in a North Dakota proceeding in which a motion for pro hac vice admission has already been filed are required to pay a fee of $380 by Jan. 1, 2017.
    New Order Nov. 29
    The Supreme Court posted a new discipline order on Nov. 29.
    Court adopts amendments to lawyer discipline rules
    The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the Rules for Lawyer Discipline. Amendments were made to rules 1.0, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 6.1, 6.3, 6.4, 6.6 and 6.7. The amendments take effect March 1, 2017.
    Mountrail County Justice Center ribbon cutting to be held Jan. 13
    A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Mountrail County Justice Center will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, in Stanley.
    Local courts impacted by heavy snowfall
    KFYR News: "It's been said the wheels of justice turn slowly. Wednesday in Bismarck, a significant segment of the court system came to a screeching halt thanks to 18 inches of snow."

    U.S.: Judges have more power in granting warrants to hack digital devices
    Wyoming Public Radio: "Congress had a full seven months to block a rule change for federal courts that lets judges authorize the hacking of digital devices well beyond their districts."
  • Amendments to Fed.R.Crim.P. 41
  • 8th Circuit to upgrade electronic filing system
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit On Monday, Dec. 19, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit will go live on Next Generation CM/ECF, the latest iteration of the national case management and electronic case filing system.


    South Dakota
    S.D.: State seeing a shortage in court reporters
    KDLT News: "In a typical court room there's a judge, the defense, prosecution, and a court reporter. Their job is to take down every word that is being said, and who is saying it."


    Other States and Jurisdictions
    Nation: More law degrees for women, but fewer good jobs
    New York Times: "Women currently occupy nearly half of all the seats in American law schools, gaining credentials for a professional career once all but reserved for men. But their large presence on campus does not mean women have the same job prospects as men."

    Job Announcements
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for Ramsey County State's Attorney in Devils Lake has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Legal Assistant in the Ramsey County State's Attorney's office in Devils Lake has been posted.

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