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Notice of Consultation Wednesday, August 30, 2017



Supreme Court No. 20170327

In the Matter of the Vacancy in Judgeship No. 9, with Chambers in Fargo, North Dakota, East Central Judicial District

[1] On August 25, 2017, Governor Doug Burgum notified this Court of the retirement of the Honorable Norman G. Anderson as Judge of the District Court in the East Central Judicial District, effective January 31, 2018. Under N.D.C.C. § 27-05-02.1 a vacancy in the office of district judge will be created upon Judge Anderson's retirement.

[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 East 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 October 2, 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 East Central Judicial District from the Court Administrator for Unit 2. Written comments may be e-mailed to Penny Miller, Clerk of the Supreme Court, at, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0530.

[4] Entered the 30th day of August, 2017, at the direction of the Honorable Gerald W. VandeWalle, Chief Justice; and the Honorable Daniel J. Crothers, the Honorable Lisa Fair McEvers, the Honorable Jerod E. Tufte and the Honorable Jon J. Jensen, Justices.

Petra H. Mandigo Hulm 
Chief Deputy Clerk 
North Dakota Supreme Court