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State of North Dakota

Judicial Selection in the States: North Dakota

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News reports indicate that at least two members of the New Jersey Senate plan to introduced a constitutional amendment to require New Jersey supreme court...

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When Texas chief justice in his State of the Judiciary address brought up the issue of ending straight ticket voting (STV) for judicial races I...

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A set of tables that provide detailed information about selection...

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The North Dakota judiciary consists of a supreme court, a court of appeals, a district court, and municipal courts. The court of appeals was created by the legislature on an experimental basis in 1987 to hear cases assigned by the supreme court. Its judges are chosen from among active and retired district court judges, retired supreme court justices, and attorneys. The supreme court and the district court are established in North Dakota's constitution, and since 1910, judges of these courts have been chosen in nonpartisan elections. Vacancies on these courts are filled by the governor from a list of candidates submitted by the judicial nominating commission, or by special election.