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: July 18

The Supreme Court has issued one new opinion.

New opinions: July 11

The Supreme Court has posted 15 new opinions.

Court seeks comment on chambering of new South Central judgeship

The Supreme Court has issued a notice of comment on the chambering of a new district judgeship in the South Central Judicial District. Comments are due August 1.

Court seeks comment on proposed rule amendments

The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Comment on proposed amendments to N.D.R.Civ.P. 11 and N.D.R.Crim.P. 3, 4, and 41. Comments are due August 12.

Notice of Comment (comments due August 1, 2019)

Chambering New District Judgeship in the SCJD