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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

New opinions: Sep. 25

The Supreme Court has issued 2 new opinions.

Dockter receives excellence award from governor

Kim Dockter, education and special projects coordinator with the Supreme Court, has been honored for her work in educating, supporting and empowering a successful transition to a remote environment for the state's courts and ensuring continuity for the state’s justice system.

Municipal court judge training moves to online format

Training for municipal court judges in North Dakota is taking a new direction this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of the Fall 6-hour training held annually in Bismarck, the judges will have the opportunity to attend a series of online events.

Attorney admission ceremony held virtually

For the first time in history, the North Dakota Supreme Court held its attorney admission ceremony virtually. The ceremony took place Sept. 18.

New opinion: Sept. 16

The Supreme Court has issued a new opinion.