Supreme Court

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

New opinion: March 22

The Supreme Court posted a new opinion on March 22.

New opinion: March 21

The Supreme Court posted a new opinion on March 21.

Order of Adoption

The Supreme Court has issued an Order on Mediation Fee Waivers or Fee Reductions.

Catching up with North Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle

UND Today: "Even beyond the legal realm, the name of Gerald VandeWalle is a familiar one. Chief Justice of North Dakota Supreme Court, VandeWalle strikes a revered figure in the state’s Capitol, where he has dedicated over six decades of his career – 20 years with the Attorney General’s office and 40 on the highest court in the state."

New opinions: March 18

The Supreme Court posted three new opinions on March 18.