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N.D. Attorney General opinion: Dec. 8

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 12:41:30 CST

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued an opinion that the Compassionate Care Act retains initiated measure status and any amendments within seven years would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislative Assembly.

House of Stark: County courthouse nears completion

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 08:42:55 CST

Dickinson Press: "In just a few weeks, residents of Dickinson and Stark County may not only be ringing in the new year with parties and hopeful resolutions, but also a completed county courthouse."

May judges search the internet for facts? ABA ethics opinion sees problems

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:42:22 CST

ABA Journal: "Judges can conduct legal research online for cases not cited by the parties, but using the internet to find facts concerning the parties or subject matter poses ethical problems, according to an ABA ethics opinion."
- ABA Formal Opinion 478

Supreme Court of Canada chief justice hears final case

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 08:27:56 CST

CBC News: "Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin fought back tears Thursday as she said goodbye after serving nearly three decades on the country's highest court."

New Opinions: Dec. 7

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:00:00 CST

The Supreme Court posted 17 new opinions on Dec. 7.

Supreme Court Law Library will be closed this afternoon

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:58:38 CST

The Supreme Court Law Library will be closed the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 7.

Finalists named for EC judge vacancy

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:49:44 CST

Four Fargo attorneys have been named as finalists to fill the East Central Judicial District judgeship vacancy that was created by the resignation of Judge Norman Anderson. They are Alisha L. Ankers, Jason W. McLean, Stephannie N. Stiel and Tristan J. Van de Streek.

Minn.: Town crier delivers Bud Light's cease-and-desist letter to craft brewer over its 'Dilly Dilly' beer

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:52:23 CST

ABA Journal: "Bud Light delivered a cease and desist letter on Friday to a Minneapolis-based craft brewer using a man dressed as a town crier who declared in a theatrical tone that the phrase 'Dilly Dilly' is the 'motto of our realm.'"

Appellate court upholds Montana's campaign speech law for non-partisan judicial candidates

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 13:30:19 CST

KTVH News: "The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a Montana law that prohibits judicial candidates from seeking, accepting, or using a political endorsement in their campaigns."
- Opinion Link: French v. Jones

SBAND program explores judicial appointment process

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 09:55:42 CST

In November, members of SBAND's Women Lawyers Section attended a new program focused on the judiciary - Judicial Service: A Guide to Judicial Application, Selection, and Appointment.

U.S.: Kennedy seems conflicted in Supreme Court wedding cake case

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 08:02:15 CST

MPR News/AP: "On a sharply divided Supreme Court, the justice in the middle seemed conflicted Tuesday in the court's high-stakes consideration of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012."

Montana officials have a month to address jail crowding - or they'll lose $2M

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 07:56:23 CST

Billings Gazette: "The Montana Department of Corrections has about a month to get 60 to 70 people out of county jails, or it loses $2 million. 'We're sure going to make our best effort at it,' said Kevin Olson, administrator of the Probation and Parole Division."

Administrative Council Dec. 8 agenda

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 09:21:35 CST

The agenda for the Dec. 8 meeting of the Administrative Council and the council's Sept. 22 minutes have been posted.

N.D. Attorney General opinion: Dec. 5

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 11:28:46 CST

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued an opinion that retailers who keep sales and use tax records for more than the minimum number of years required by law must provide those records to the Tax Commissioner, upon request, when the Tax Commissioner is conducting an audit of sales and use tax reporting.

U.S.: Supreme Court may be about to legalize sports betting in states that want it

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 08:24:33 CST

L.A. Times: "The Supreme Court appeared poised Monday to legalize sports betting by freeing states from a federal anti-gaming law. The justices gave a friendly hearing to New Jersey's claim that states are free to control their own laws."