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The North Dakota Supreme Court has five justices. Each justice is elected for a ten-year term in a nonpartisan election. The terms of the justices are staggered so that only one judgeship is scheduled for election every two years. However, in the case of the retirement or death of a justice during the term of office, the Governor can appoint to fill the term for two years, when the person must then run for election.  

Each justice must be a licensed attorney and a citizen of the United States and North Dakota. One member of the Supreme Court is selected as Chief Justice by the justices of the Supreme Court and the District Court Judges. The Chief Justice's term is for five years or until the justice's elected term on the court expires. The Chief Justice's duties include presiding over Supreme Court arguments and conferences, representing the judiciary at official state functions, and serving as the administrative head of the judicial system. 

North Dakota Supreme Court

600 E Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505-0530
info@ndcourts.gov

Office of the Clerk

Phone: (701) 328-2221

North Dakota Supreme Court News

37 new lawyers admitted to N.D. bar

In a Sept. 23 ceremony at the State Capitol, 37 new lawyers were admitted to the North Dakota bar.

Attorneys encouraged to apply to the Rural Attorney Recruitment Program

The Rural Attorney Recruitment Program was established by the legislature in 2021 with the goal of increasing the number of attorneys residing and working in rural North Dakota.

Supreme Court chooses law clerks for 2023-2024 term

The Supreme Court has selected Orrin Burch, Haley Finch, Dixie Holland, Casey Orvedal and Charles Steinberger to serve one-year clerkships beginning Aug. 1, 2023.

New opinions: Sept. 15

The Supreme Court has issued two new opinions.

July 2022 bar examination results released

The State Board of Law Examiners have announced the results of the July 2022 bar examination. Of the 66 applicants who sat for the bar examination in Bismarck, 39 applicants achieved a passing score.