II. Meandering into the Twentieth Century
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I. Ten Year Tenure
The 1889 Constitution set six-year terms for Supreme Court justices.(208) One effort to extend the terms to ten years was rejected by the people in 1908.(209) The 1929 legislature, however, proposed an amendment to extend all Supreme Court terms to ten years beginning with the 1934 general election.(210) At the 1930 primary election, the people approved the ten-year terms that remain today.(211) The longer terms significantly aid judicial independence.
208. See N.D. Const. art. IV, § 91 (repealed 1976).
209. See Lounsberry, supra note 1, at 447.
210. See 1929 N.D. Laws ch. 98, at 115.
211. See 1931 N.D. Laws art. 46, at 578; see also N.D. Const. art. VI, § 7.