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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

February 2020 bar exam results released

The State Board of Law Examiners met April 2 to review applications and make recommendations for the admission to practice law in North Dakota based on the results of the February 2020 state bar exam.

Job Announcement - Chief Deputy Supreme Court Clerk

A job announcement for Chief Deputy Supreme Court Clerk with the Supreme Court in Bismarck has been posted.

Justice goes digital at the North Dakota Supreme Court

KX News: "In what is likely a first, the North Dakota Supreme Court March 23 heard oral arguments over the internet, meeting together in digital space through an online meeting application."

Order of Adoption

Adoption of N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. O. 30

Public access to court proceedings and court documents

The Supreme Court recognizes a continued need to allow members of the public access to court proceedings and case documents despite the current restrictions on physical access to courthouses and the method in which a court hearing is being held. Here are details about how to gain access to court proceedings and documents.