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Judicial Selection in the States: North Dakota

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A plan (HB 1303) to revamp Colorado s Judicial Performance Evaluation system is set for a vote by the House this week. The plan would...

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An effort to improve voter education when it comes to judicial elections in California has cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee. AB 1463 as amended creates...

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A constitutional amendment discussed here and here to give Delaware s governor and senate more time to consider judicial nominations cleared its final hurdle. With...

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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.