This Order establishes a Gender Fairness Implementation Committee and is in effect until further Order of the Court.
A. Membership - Staffing
1. The Chief Justice, in consultation with the President of the State Bar Association, appoints seven members of the bench and bar to serve on the Committee. Of the members initially appointed and as determined by lot, three will be appointed for three years, two will be appointed for two years, and two will be appointed for one year. Thereafter, each appointment is for a three-year term. Each member is eligible for reappointment and serves until the member's successor is appointed. A member may not serve more than three consecutive terms. A former member who served three consecutive terms is eligible for reappointment after a six-year break in service.
2. The Committee is chaired by a member appointed by the Chief Justice.
3. The Committee is staffed by the State Court Administrator's office, unless other arrangements are made by the Committee.
Expenses incurred by members are reimbursed by the Supreme Court.
1. Oversee the development of a detailed course of action to implement recommendations of the Final Report of the North Dakota Commission on Gender Fairness in the Courts.
2. Monitor the progress of the Judicial Branch toward eradicating gender bias in the courts.
3. Recommend action beyond that set forth by the Commission where necessary to achieve the goals identified in the Final Report.
4. Review information and make recommendations concerning bias-related issues not identified in the Final Report but which may be related to or have an effect upon the courts or the judicial process.
The Committee shall submit a progress report to the Supreme Court by October first and April first of each year, beginning October 1, 1997.
E. Effective Date
This Order is effective immediately and remains in effect until further Order of this Court.
Dated March 1, 2006.
Source: Adopted March 5, 1997, effective immediately; further amended effective June 28, 2000; further amended effective April 1, 2006 (Supreme Court No. 20060059).