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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Today at the Court
1:30pm Ratliff v. State
Waived Matthews v. State
Waived Comes v. State
New Opinions: May 26
The Supreme Court posted 18 new opinions on May 26.
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  • June Term of Court
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    The June term of court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
    U.S.: In the final stretch, how will a divided Supreme Court rule on these big cases?
    United States Supreme Court building L.A. Times: "The Supreme Court is heading into the final month of its annual term amid lingering questions over whether the eight ideologically divided justices will be able to decide politically charged cases, including ones on abortion and immigration."
    Minn.: Court ruling leads to new DWI policies in Clay County
    KFGO News: "A Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling that regulates the collection of blood and urine samples has led to a policy change in Clay County. The appellate court ruled that a search warrant is required to obtain blood and urine samples from people arrested for DWI."
  • Opinion Text: State v. Trahan
  • Minnesota Irish Festival speech suit revived
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Courthouse News Service: "A police patrol commander must face claims that he blocked a Christian from expressing religious views at an Irish Festival, the Eighth Circuit ruled. David Miller, an Evangelical Christian, filed a federal complaint against the city of St. Paul, Minn., Police Chief Thomas Smith and Patrol Commander Patricia Englund in Minneapolis."
  • Opinion Text: Miller v. City of St. Paul
  • Juvenile jailings remain high in South Dakota
    Rapid City Journal: "South Dakota is incarcerating fewer juveniles, but jails double the national average, according to a state study. The state Council on Juvenile Services executive committee on Wednesday approved sending the 75-page report to the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention."

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    Judge Maurice Hunke 1939-2016
    Judge Maurice Hunke Retired District Judge Maurice Hunke, 77, died May 21. A UND School of Law graduate, he was admitted to the bar in 1963. He was appointed district judge in 1981 and left office in 2000. Private family services will be held.
  • Judge Maurice Hunke Biography
  • Court seeks comment on NECJD judge vacancy
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Consultation seeking comment on the judicial vacancy in the Northeast Central Judicial District that will be created by Judge Debbie Kleven's resignation. Comments are due June 27.
    Court adopts amendments to professional conduct rules
    The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to N.D.R. Prof. Conduct 1.7, 1.15 and 1.18. The amendments relate to replacing the term "potential client" with "prospective client" in these rules. The amendments take effect July 1.
    Court seeks comment on changes to rules on admission to practice
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Comment seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the Admission to Practice Rules and the Rules of Professional Conduct. Comments are due June 20.
    Court seeking comment on rule changes related to limited scope representation
    The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Comment regarding proposed rule changes related to limited scope representation. Amendments are proposed for N.D.R.Civ.P. 11, N.D.R.Ct. 11.2 and N.D.R. Prof. Conduct 1.2. Comments are due June 13.
    Bismarck small claims court information session set for June 14
    Judicial Referee Pam Nesvig will present a one-hour program to provide information to parties who plan to participate in a small claims court proceeding. The program will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the Burleigh County Courthouse. No registration is required.
    Court approves amendments to judicial improvement program rule
    The Supreme Court has approved amendments to N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. Rule 48, which governs a program to promote the self-improvement of judicial officers. The amendments are aimed at improving surveys conducted under the rule. They take effect June 1.

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