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Judicial Selection in the States: North Dakota

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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.