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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

Lawyer licenses expire Dec. 31

The State Board of Law Examiners reminds lawyers that 2020 licenses to practice law in North Dakota expire Dec. 31, regardless of when the 2020 license fee was paid.

Order of Adoption

Adoption of N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. O. 33

Pro hac vice fee payment reminder

Attorneys who will continue to appear in 2021 in a North Dakota proceeding for which they have already filed a motion for pro hac vice admission are required to pay a fee of $380 by Jan. 1, 2021.

Order of Adoption N.D.R.Civ.P., Crim.P., Ev., App.P, Ct., Admin.R., Juv.P.

Courthouses to close for Thanksgiving holiday

The Supreme Court and courthouses across the state will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving. On Friday, Nov. 27, the Supreme Court and the Barnes, Burleigh, Cass and Morton County courthouses will be open. The rest of the county courthouses in the state will be closed.