Judicial selection in North Dakota
|Judicial selection in North Dakota|
|North Dakota Supreme Court|
|North Dakota Court of Appeals|
|Method:||Temporarily appointed in panels|
|North Dakota District Courts|
|Method:||Non-partisan election of judges|
Justices of the North Dakota Supreme Court are elected to 10 year terms in a nonpartisan election. The two candidates who receive the most number of votes in the primary election, go on to run in the general election. This is provided that each candidate receives at the very least as many votes as the number of signatures there are required to be placed on the primary ballot.
If a vacancy on the court occurs, gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission is required.
In order to join the court, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
- be an U.S. and state citizen;
- be a licensed attorney
Court of Appeals
Cases assigned to the North Dakota Court of Appeals by the North Dakota Supreme Court are heard by series of three-judge panels. Justices on the North Dakota Court of Appeals are chosen from among active and retired district judges, retired supreme court justices, and attorneys.
All aspects of the North Dakota District Courts are the same as the North Dakota Supreme Court, excluding the chief justice being elected to a three-year term, and district judges serving a six-year term.
- State Supreme Court elections
- Campaign finance requirements for North Dakota judicial elections
- Courts in North Dakota
- North Dakota judicial elections
- American Judicature Society, Judicial selection in North Dakota
- American Judicature Society, History of Reform Efforts: North Dakota
- Judicial selection in North Dakota