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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

23 complete court manager program

Chief Justice Jon J. Jensen recognized the court system’s latest graduates of the National Center for State Court’s Institute for Court Management at a ceremony June 11 at the State Capitol in Bismarck.

New opinion: June 10

The Supreme Court has issued a new opinion.

Job Announcement - Supreme Court Law Clerk

A job announcement for five Law Clerk positions with the Supreme Court in Bismarck has been posted.

New opinions: June 3

The Supreme Court has issued 12 new opinions.

Law library, self-help center announce closed dates

The North Dakota Law Library and North Dakota Legal Self Help Center will be closed June 10 through June 18, and again June 28 through July 2.