Section 1. Creation.
This order establishes a Minority Justice Implementation Committee. Its purpose is to provide a means to implement the recommendations of the North Dakota Commission to Study Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts submitted to the Supreme Court in the Final Report of the Commission dated June 2012.
Section 2. Membership.
The Chief Justice, in consultation with the chair of this committee, shall appoint a fourteen member committee. The following positions shall be appointed to the Committee with their consent: Executive Director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, Dean of the University of North Dakota School of Law or designee; Executive Director of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, Director of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, State Court Administrator, Executive Director of Legal Services of North Dakota, Executive Director of the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigent Defense, two District Judges, two attorneys and three members-at-large. The Chief Justice shall appoint the Committee chair. The Chief Justice shall appoint replacement members after consultation with the chair of this committee. Members who serve as attorneys, district judges and members-at-large shall serve three-year terms and may serve two consecutive three-year terms.
Section 3. Duties.
The committee shall
A. Develop a detailed course of action to implement the recommendations of the Final Report of the North Dakota Commission to Study Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts, after review by the Supreme Court;
B. Monitor progress in the North Dakota court system of reducing racial and ethnic bias;
C. Seek funding sources for the implementation of Commission recommendations;
D. Develop and coordinate initiatives designed to broaden access to and improve public understanding of the legal system including through partnerships with the bar, law school and community groups;
E. Devise methods for the public to communicate with the Committee concerns relating to perceived ethnic or racial bias in the North Dakota court system;
F. Recommend action beyond that set forth by the Commission and Supreme Court review where necessary to achieve the goals identified in the Final Report.
Section 4. Staffing.
Staffing for the Committee will be provided by the Office of the State Court Administrator.
Section 5. Report.
The Committee shall submit a progress report to the Chief Justice on an annual basis.
Section 6. Expenses.
Committee expenses incurred by members are reimbursed by the Supreme Court.
Section 7. Effective Date.
This order is effective August 5, 2015, and remains in effect until further order of the Court.
The Supreme Court of the State of North Dakota convened this 5th day of August, with the Honorable Gerald W. VandeWalle, Chief Justice, and the Honorable Dale V. Sandstrom, the Honorable Carol Ronning Kapsner, the Honorable Daniel J. Crothers, and the Honorable Lisa Fair McEvers, Justices, directing the Clerk of the Supreme Court to enter the above order.
North Dakota Supreme Court
Reference: Supreme Court No. 20150321