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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

Service Beyond Measure

UND Alumni Magazine: "Justice Gerald VandeWalle is the longest-serving Chief Justice of any state Supreme Court in the nation. Now, at age 86, he has stepped down as Chief – but continues to serve the Court."

Order of Adoption

Adoption of N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. O. 25

New opinion: May 14

The Supreme Court has issued a new opinion.

Looking Ahead: Expanded in-person hearings and the Judicial Branch budget

Chief Justice Jon J. Jensen provides details about returning to in-person court proceedings and the budget process for the Judicial Branch.

Clerk of Court Conference cancelled

The Clerk of Court Conference, which had been scheduled for May 13-14, has been cancelled.