IN THE SUPREME COURT
STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA
2013 ND 135
[¶2] Notice of the opportunity to provide comment to the Committee's report and proposals was posted on the Supreme Court website on May 29, 2013. The Court received numerous comments from attorneys, judges, county commissions, court personnel, law enforcement officials and legislative representatives. Following expiration of the comment period, the Court considered the matter, and
[¶3] ORDERED, that the counties of Kidder, Logan and McIntosh be moved from the South Central Judicial District to the Southeast Judicial District.
[¶4] IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the Northwest Judicial District consist of the counties of Divide, McKenzie and Williams; and the Northwest Central Judicial District consisting of the counties of Burke, Mountrail and Ward is created.
[¶5] IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that North Dakota Supreme Court Administrative Rules 6 and 6.1 are amended to reflect this Order.
[¶6] The effective date of this Order is January 1, 2014.
[¶7] Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J.
Mary Muehlen Maring
Dale V. Sandstrom
Carol Ronning Kapsner
Daniel J. Crothers
JUDICIAL DISTRICTS Administrative
Pursuant to Under the authority granted the Supreme Court in Article VI, Section 3 of the
Constitution of North Dakota, the North Dakota Supreme Court adopts the following rule:
A. On the effective date of the rule, the State of North Dakota is hereby divided into
seven eight judicial districts composed of the following named counties respectively:
1. Northwest Judicial District shall consist of the counties of
McKenzie , Mountrail, Ward and Williams.
2. Northwest Central Judicial District shall consist of the counties of Burke,
Mountrail and Ward.
2 3. Northeast Judicial District shall consist of the counties of Benson, Bottineau,
Cavalier, McHenry, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Renville, Rolette, Towner and
3 4. Northeast Central Judicial District shall consist of the counties of Grand
Forks and Nelson.
4 5. East Central Judicial District shall consist of the counties of Cass, Steele and
5 6. Southeast Judicial District shall consist of the counties of Barnes, Dickey,
Eddy, Foster, Griggs, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Ransom, Richland,
Sargent, Stutsman and Wells.
6 7. South Central Judicial District shall consist of the counties of Burleigh,
Emmons, Grant, Kidder, Logan, McIntosh, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver,
Sioux, and Sheridan.
7 8. Southwest Judicial District shall consist of the counties of Adams, Billings,
Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark.
B. It is the intent of the Supreme Court that the residents of the various counties within
a judicial district receive judicial services in their own county without the need to
travel to the chamber cities. The judges in the chamber cities shall travel to the
counties within their judicial district to provide required services pursuant to the
schedule and direction of the presiding judge of the district.
C. This Rule, as amended, is effective
September 1, 1999 January 1, 2014.
SOURCE: N.D. Const., Art. VI, Sec. 3; Sec. 270501, NDCC; AR 6 adopted June 5,
1979, effective July 1, 1979. Amended June 24, 1992, effective July 1, 1993; Amended June
30, 1999, effective September 1, 1999; Amended effective January 1, 2014.
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 administrators.
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
Section 3. Trial Court Administrator -- Position, Duties, and Responsibilities.
Trial court administrators assist the State Court Administrator and the judges in the
administrative unit in ensuring uniform and consistent implementation of Judicial Branch
policies and procedures.
A. Trial court administrators are hired by the presiding judges and the State Court
Administrator. Qualifications of the trial court administrator are established
by Supreme Court policy.
B. Trial court 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, 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 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, indigent
defense 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
11. Performing such other non-conflicting duties or responsibilities as may be
directed by the presiding judges of the judicial districts within the
D. The trial court administrator may delegate supervisory or other authority to
assistants or local administrative personnel as considered appropriate or
E. The trial court administrator shall oversee the provision of administrative
support services throughout the administrative unit for which the administrator
Section 4. Effective Date.
The effective date of this amended rule is
August 1, 2004 January 1, 2014.