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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

New opinions: July 30

The Supreme Court has issued three new opinions.

July bar exam complete

The North Dakota bar examination began in Bismarck on Tuesday, July 28, with 58 applicants taking the exam. Of the applicants sitting on Tuesday, 42 were graduates from the University of North Dakota School of Law. The exam ended Wednesday.

New opinion: July 27

The Supreme Court has issued a new opinion.

New opinions: July 22-23

The Supreme Court has issued 21 new opinions.

Job Announcement - Temporary Data Analyst

A job announcement for a Temporary Data Analyst with the Office of the State Court Administrator in Bismarck has been posted.