Notice of Consultation Wednesday, July 26, 2017

IN THE SUPREME COURT 
STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA

NOTICE OF CONSULTATION

Supreme Court No. 20170270 


In the Matter of the Vacancy in Judgeship No. 3, with Chambers in Grand Forks, 
North Dakota, Northeast Central Judicial District


[1] On July 18, 2017, Governor Doug Burgum notified this Court of the resignation of the Honorable Jon J. Jensen as Judge of the District Court in the Northeast Central Judicial District, effective August 15, 2017, when Judge Jensen will assume the office of a Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court. Under N.D.C.C. § 27-05-02.1 a vacancy in the office of district judge will be created upon Judge Jensen’s resignation.

[2] Within 90 days after the notification of the vacancy, N.D.C.C. § 27-05-02.1 requires the Supreme Court to determine whether the office is necessary for effective judicial administration. The Supreme Court may order that: (1) the vacancy be filled; (2) the vacant office be transferred to a judicial district in which an additional judge is necessary for effective judicial administration; or (3) the vacant office be abolished with or without transfer of a district judgeship to any location in which a judge is necessary for effective judicial administration. The Supreme Court considered the matter, and

[3] ORDERED, the Supreme Court undertake a written consultation with the attorneys and judges of the Northeast Central Judicial District on this matter under N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 7.2. Any person wishing to comment on the vacancy may do so in writing no later than September 11, 2017. It is expected the Supreme Court will receive a report discussing the factors under N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 7.2, Section 4, for each of the counties in the Northeast Central Judicial District from the Court Administrator for Unit 1. Written comments may be e-mailed to Penny Miller, Clerk of the Supreme Court, at supclerkofcourt@ndcourts.gov, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0530.

[4] Entered the 26th day of July, 2017, at the direction of the Honorable Gerald W. VandeWalle, Chief Justice; and the Honorable Honorable Carol Ronning Kapsner, the Honorable Daniel J. Crothers, the Honorable Lisa Fair McEvers, and the Honorable Jerod E. Tufte, Justices.

Petra Mandigo Hulm
Chief Deputy Clerk
North Dakota Supreme Court