- North Dakota Supreme Court
North Dakota Supreme Court Jurisdiction United States Composition method Non-partisan Judge term length 10 years Number of positions 5 Website www.ndcourts.com Chief Justice Currently Gerald W. VandeWalle Since 1993 Lead position ends 2008 Jurist term ends 2014
The North Dakota Supreme Court is the highest court of law in the state of North Dakota. The Court rules on questions of law in appeals from the state's district courts.
Each of the five justices are elected on a no-party ballot for ten year terms, arranged such that one seat is contested every two years. The Chief Justice is elected from the Justices every five years (or upon vacancy) by vote of the Supreme Court justices and the District Court judges.
The justices of the North Dakota Supreme Court are currently:
- Chief Justice Gerald W. VandeWalle
- Justice Dale V. Sandstrom
- Justice Mary Muehlen Maring
- Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner
- Justice Daniel J. Crothers
The Supreme Court is empowered to constitute a Court of Appeals consisting of a three-member panel chosen from active and retired District Court judges, retired Supreme Court justices, and lawyers. The Court of Appeals only hears cases specifically assigned to it by the Supreme Court, which is done only infrequently.
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