North Dakota Supreme Court Decisions

Founded in 1889, the North Dakota Supreme Court is the highest court in the state. It has appellate jurisdiction over decisions of lower state courts, regulates the practice of law in the state, and is responsible for the promulgation of rules of procedure and practice before all state courts. The court is comprised of five justices, each elected to a ten-year term, including a chief justice, who is elected for a five-year term by the justices and the judges of the district court. The chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court is the administrative head of the court system and is responsible for its overall management.

Browse Opinions From the North Dakota Supreme Court


Recent Decisions From the North Dakota Supreme Court

North Dakota Private Investigative & Security Board v. TigerSwan, LLC, et al.  
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 219
Docket Number: 20180338

Justia Opinion Summary: The North Dakota Private Investigative and Security Board appealed, and TigerSwan, LLC and James Reese cross-appealed, a judgment dismissing the Board’s request for an injunction prohibiting TigerSwan and Reese from prov...

North Dakota v. Hoehn  
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 222
Docket Number: 20180400

Justia Opinion Summary: William Hoehn appealed after he was convicted of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and giving false information to law enforcement. Hoehn was in a relationship with Brooke Crews. Crews killed Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind by...

Nelson, et al. v. Nelson, et al.  
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 221
Docket Number: 20180421

Justia Opinion Summary: Steven Nelson, individually and for the benefit of J&S Nelson Farms, LLP, appealed a judgment determining the value of his interest in the Nelson Farms partnership, and an order denying his post-judgment motions. Nelson...

In re Anderson  
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 217
Docket Number: 20180424

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota certified a question of law to the North Dakota Supreme Court, asking whether a married debtor was entitled to an exemption up to $100,000 for his undiv...

Plains Trucking, LLC v. Cresap, et al.
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 226
Docket Number: 20190014
North Dakota v. Poulor  
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 215
Docket Number: 20190017

Justia Opinion Summary: Kanakai Poulor was convicted by jury of gross sexual imposition. After review of his appeal, the North Dakota Supreme Court concluded the State did not violate the Confrontation Clause when it presented a video recorded...

Plains Trucking, LLC v. Hagar, et al.  
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 226
Docket Numbers: 20190022, 20190014

Justia Opinion Summary: Plains Trucking’s petitions sought supervisory writs from the North Dakota Supreme Court in two civil actions that arose out of an explosion on March 27, 2013. One worker, Trevor Davis, was killed, and another worker, Da...

Chase v. North Dakota  
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 214
Docket Number: 20190023

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Lorry Van Chase was convicted by jury of gross sexual imposition. He appealed to the North Dakota Supreme Court, and the conviction was affirmed. In 2016, Chase applied for post-conviction relief, alleging ineff...

City of Bismarck v. Vagts  
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 224
Docket Number: 20190026

Justia Opinion Summary: Melanie Vagts appealed after the district court denied her motion to suppress evidence and she conditionally pled guilty to a charge of actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Aft...

North Dakota v. Casson  
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 216
Docket Number: 20190028

Justia Opinion Summary: John Casson appealed a criminal judgment entered after his conditional plea of guilty to possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, reserving the right to appeal the denial of his motion to suppress evi...

North Dakota v. Kenny  
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 218
Docket Number: 20190030

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2018, a district court referee entered two temporary disorderly conduct restraining orders against Donna Kenny, which were sought by two of her neighbors. The neighbors lived in the same five-unit condominium complex....

In re Anderson
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 225
Docket Number: 20180424
Kalmio v. North Dakota  
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 223
Docket Number: 20190051

Justia Opinion Summary: Omar Kalmio appealed after the district court entered a judgment on remand again denying his post-conviction relief application. The North Dakota Supreme Court concluded the district court on remand did not clearly err i...

WSI v. Taylor, et al.  
Date: August 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 220
Docket Number: 20190059

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Leonard Taylor, then 55 years old, sustained severe work-related injuries when he fell 15 feet while employed as an electrician by Industrial Contractors, Inc. Taylor suffered multiple compression fractures of t...

Disciplinary Board v. Bolinske
Date: August 19, 2019
Citation: 2019 ND 213
Docket Number: 20190109
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