This website has taken another step backwards . . . in time. Opinions on the site now go back to the beginning of 1969. There are now approximately 7,400 opinions on the website, covering more than thirty-seven years of Supreme Court and Court of Appeals decisions.
Special thanks to Marilyn Moe of the Court Administrator's staff and to Chief Deputy Clerk Colette Bruggman for their efforts in getting the opinions ready for posting. Justice Dale Sandstrom converts and posts the opinions as part of a continuing program to make court information readily available to lawyers, judges, and the public.
Thanks to Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle and Clerk of the Supreme Court Penny Miller for their support of the project, and thanks to all the other staff who helped.
Work continues to push back in time. Thanks to those agreeing to help with the continuing project.
Until mid-1977, each North Dakota Supreme Court opinion contained a "Syllabus by the Court." The Syllabus was viewed as the Court's holding in the case.
Sec. 102 of the North Dakota Constitution had provided: "It shall be the duty of the court to prepare a syllabus of the points adjudicated in each case, which shall be concurred in by a majority of the judges thereof, and it shall be prefixed to the published reports of the case." N.D.C.C. § 27-02-23 (and its predecessor codes) had provided: "The supreme court . . . at the time of announcing its decision in any action determined by said court shall file with the clerk thereof a syllabus of the decision in such action so prepared as to embody as briefly as practicable the principles settled in and by such decision."
The 1977 Legislative Assembly repealed the statutory syllabus provision, and the voters in 1977 adopted the new Judicial Article of the state constitution, dropping reference to a syllabus.
May 8, 2006