United States District Court for the District of North Dakota

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United States District Court for the District of North Dakota
Map of USA ND.svg
Appeals to Eighth Circuit
Established April 26, 1890
Judges assigned 2
Chief judge Ralph R. Erickson
Official site

The United States District Court for the District of North Dakota (in case citations, D.N.D.) is the United States District Court or the Federal district court, whose jurisdiction is the state of North Dakota. The court is headquartered out of Bismarck and has additional locations at Fargo, Grand Forks, and Minot. The district was created in 1889, when the Dakota Territory was divided into North Dakota and South Dakota. The Grand Forks courts are located at the Ronald N. Davies Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse.

In 1921, a second temporary judgeship was authorised, however, this was never made permanent and the judgeship expired in 1928. In 1954, a second permanent judgeship was authorised, and the strength of the court has remained unchanged since.

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of North Dakota represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. Christopher C. Myers is the United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota. Appeals from the Court are heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
12 Chief Judge Ralph R. Erickson Fargo 1959 2003–present 2009–present G.W. Bush
11 District Judge Daniel L. Hovland Bismarck 1954 2002–present 2002–2009 G.W. Bush
9 Senior Judge Patrick Anthony Conmy Bismarck 1934 1985–2000 1985–1992 2000–present Reagan

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Thomas, Alfred DelavanAlfred Delavan Thomas ND 1837–1896 1890–1896 Harrison, B.B. Harrison death
2 Amidon, Charles FremontCharles Fremont Amidon ND 1856–1937 1896[1]–1928 1928–1937 Cleveland, Cleveland death
3 Miller, AndrewAndrew Miller ND 1870–1960 1922–1941 1941–1960 Harding, Harding death
4 Vogel, Charles JosephCharles Joseph Vogel ND 1898–1980 1941–1954 1954 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt reappointment
5 Davies, RonaldRonald Davies ND 1904–1996 1955–1971 1971–1996 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
6 Register, George ScottGeorge Scott Register ND 1901–1972 1955–1971 1955–1971 1971–1972 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
7 Benson, PaulPaul Benson ND 1918–2004 1971–1985 1971–1985 1985–2004 Nixon, Nixon death
8 Van Sickle, Bruce MarionBruce Marion Van Sickle ND 1917–2007 1971–1985 1985–2007 Nixon, Nixon death
10 Webb, Rodney ScottRodney Scott Webb ND 1935–2009 1987–2001 1993–2001 2001–2009 Reagan, Reagan death

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 8, 1896, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 18, 1897, and received commission on February 18, 1897.

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