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Notice of Consultation Friday, January 19, 2018



Supreme Court No. 20180025

In the Matter of the Judicial Vacancy in District Judgeship No. 4, with Chambers in Bismarck, North Dakota, South Central Judicial District

[1] On January 18, 2018, this Court received notice from the Honorable Bruce B. Haskell, District Judge for the South Central Judicial District, that he does not intend to be a candidate for his position when his term expires December 31, 2018. Under N.D.C.C. § 27-05-02.1 vacancy is, therefore, created. Section 27-05-02.1, N.D.C.C., requires the Supreme Court to determine whether the judgeship is necessary for effective judicial administration in the South Central Judicial District or whether the judgeship may be transferred. The Court considered the matter, and

[3] ORDERED, the Supreme Court undertake a written consultation with the attorneys and judges of the South 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 February 5, 2018. It is expected the Supreme Court will receive a report from the Trial Court Administrator for Unit 3, regarding the South Central Judicial District and discussing the criteria under N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 7.2, and statewide caseload data from the State Court Administrator's Office. Written comments may be e-mailed to Penny Miller, Clerk of the Supreme Court, at, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0530.

[4] The Supreme Court of the State of North Dakota, with the Honorable Gerald W. VandeWalle, Chief Justice, the Honorable Daniel J. Crothers, the Honorable Lisa Fair McEvers, the Honorable Jerod E. Tufte and the Honorable Jon J. Jensen, Justices, directing the Clerk of the Supreme Court to enter the above order.

Dated: January 19, 2018

Penny Miller 
North Dakota Supreme Court