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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

Office of the Clerk

Phone: (701) 328-2221

North Dakota Supreme Court News

Director of Admissions awarded WDALA Legacy Award

Laurie Guenther, Director of Admissions for the State Board of Law Examiners, was awarded the Legacy Award.

State’s Attorney access to the public portal

State’s Attorney offices with certain network setups may not be able to connect to e-filing in the new Supreme Court public portal.

The Supreme Court at Fargo South High School - The April 11, 2024 photos

The Supreme Court traveled to Fargo South High School April 11 to hear arguments in a case and to visit with students.

The Supreme Court at NDSU - The April 11, 2024 photos

The Supreme Court traveled to NDSU in Fargo April 11 to hear oral arguments in a case and to visit with students.

February 2024 bar examination results released

The State Board of Law Examiners has announced the results of the February 2024 bar examination. Of the 28 applicants who sat for the bar examination in Bismarck, North Dakota, 17 applicants achieved a passing score.