Gavel Passes to New Chief Justice in North Dakota

VandeWalle was the longest-serving chief justice in state history.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The gavel has been passed to the new chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court. A ceremony Monday marked the transition from 86-year-old Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle to Justice Jon Jensen. The 54-year-old Jensen was elected chief justice by the state’s district court judges and the Supreme Court last month. VandeWalle announced in September that he would not…

North Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Still Undecided

Justices Lisa Fair McEvers and Jon Jensen advance to final ballot

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota is still in limbo for a new chief justice. None of the three justices running received the majority votes needed to get the position. There will now be a runoff election. Justices Lisa Fair McEvers and Jon Jensen were the top vote-getters, followed by Daniel Crothers. The state’s 52 district court judges and each of…

New Streaming Feature for the MN Supreme Court: Legal Battle Between Gov. Dayton and Republicans

The Supreme Court's ruling could set major precedent for a governor's use of the veto pen

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The legal battle between Gov. Dayton and Republican lawmakers is in the hands of Minnesota’s highest court and for the first time in the court’s history, it was streamed live. “If we rule in your favor, doesn’t that mean that some future governor could defund the judiciary or that some future legislature could defund the judiciary?”…