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Monday, February 27, 2017
New Opinion: Feb. 23
The Supreme Court posted a new opinion on Feb. 23.
Justice Vernon R. Pederson 1919-2017
Justice Vernon R. Pederson Supreme Court Justice Vernon R. Pederson died Feb. 26. A UND School of Law graduate, he was admitted to the North Dakota bar in 1949. He served on the Supreme Court from 1975-1985. A burial service will be held at a later date.
  • Justice Vernon R. Pederson Biography
  • March Term of Court
    North Dakota Supreme Court
    The March term of court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
    The Third Branch: This Week on the Hill
    North Dakota Capitol For Feb. 27-Mar. 3, the weekly listing of legislative committee hearings which may be of interest to judges and lawyers has been posted.
  • 65th Legislative Assembly
  • 8th Circuit decides two N.D. cases
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit The United States Court of Appeals has issued per curiam opinions affirming the trial court in two North Dakota cases: a sex abuse case and a prisoner civil rights case.
  • United States v. Littlewind
  • Benjamin v. Ward County
  • U.S.: Supreme Court snubs challenge to death penalty constitutionality
    G.F. Herald/Reuters: "The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Feb. 27, declined to hear a direct challenge to the constitutionality of the death penalty as cruel and unusual punishment, rejecting an appeal by a Louisiana death row inmate convicted of killing three brothers."
    U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 27 arguments
    United States Supreme Court building Monday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case involving deportation of an immigrant for sexual abuse of a minor and a case on whether a ban on social media use by sex offenders violates the First Amendment.
  • Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions
  • Packingham v. North Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 28 arguments
    Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on the limits to sentencing discretion in federal court.
  • Dean v. United States
  • U.S. Supreme Court Mar. 1 arguments
    Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on whether state law can limit an insurer's right to subrogation when allowing such a limitation is contrary to a federal contract.
  • Coventry Health Care of Missouri v. Nevils

  • North Dakota
    Court seeks comment on NEJD vacancy
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Consultation regarding the vacancy in Judgeship No. 2 in the Northeast Judicial District with chambers in Rugby. Comments on whether the judgeship should be retained, moved, or eliminated are due March 17.
    Court seeks comment on SEJD vacancy
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Consultation regarding the vacancy in Judgeship No. 1 in the Southeast Judicial District with chambers in Jamestown. Comments on whether the judgeship should be retained, moved, or eliminated are due March 24.
    Court seeks comment on proposed rule amendments
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Comment regarding rule amendments proposed by the Joint Procedure Committee in response to the Marsy's Law constitutional amendment, N.D. Const. Art. I, Section 25. Comments are due March 24.
    Judicial Conference Executive Committee Mar. 1 agenda
    The agenda for the Mar. 1 meeting of the Judicial Conference Executive Committee and the committee's Nov. 22, 2016, minutes have been posted.
    Pattern Jury Instruction Commission March 2 agenda
    The agenda for the March 2 meeting of the Pattern Jury Instruction Commission and the commission's Oct. 6 minutes have been posted.
    Registration open for NDLR Energy Law Symposium on Mar. 16
    North Dakota Law Review The North Dakota Law Review Energy Law Symposium will be held on Thursday, Mar. 16, at the Bavendick Stateroom in the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College. Registration is now open for the one day symposium titled 'Moving Forward: What the Future Holds for North Dakota's Energy Sector.'
  • Event Details and Registration Information
  • Court amends rules of procedure effective March 1
    The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the N.D. Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Procedure, Appellate Rules, Rules of Court and Administrative Rules effective March 1.
  • Synopsis of Amendments as Adopted
  • Court adopts amendments to lawyer discipline rules
    The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the Rules for Lawyer Discipline. The amendments take effect March 1.
    Justice reinvestment bill passes House
    Bismarck Tribune: "A legislative initiative to reform the state's criminal justice system cleared the North Dakota House with little debate Wednesday. House Bill 1041 passed by an 86-4 vote."

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