New laws affecting the courts enacted or adopted by the North Dakota legislature in 2011 include the following:
HB 1064 Strikes provision that certain court fees must be used to contract for indigent defense.
HB 1108 Extends Temporary Court of Appeals authorization from 2012 to 2016.
HB 1365 Directs legislative management study statutes of limitation and venue requirements for civil actions in North Dakota.
HCR 3036 Directs legislative management to study the trial by jury rights of a person charged with the commission of a misdemeanor, including the extent to which jury trials are conducted in the state for cases involving misdemeanor offenses; the costs of jury trials for misdemeanor offenses; the feasibility and desirability of eliminating the sentencing option of imprisonment for Class B misdemeanors; a review of the jury trial process of other states; and the feasibility and desirability of eliminating a jury trial right for civil traffic tickets.
SB 2108 ORIGINAL: For judge’s retirement system, requires member contributions increase by one percent of the judge’s monthly salary beginning with the monthly reporting period of January 2012, and increase annually thereafter by an additional one percent, with the final increase taking place beginning with the reporting period of January 2013.
SB 2305 Directs legislative management study the extension of juvenile court jurisdiction and the extent of juvenile court jurisdiction in other states.
SCR 4001 Directs legislative management study the imposition of fees by courts at sentencing and other fees that are imposed upon offenders.
SCR 4010 Directs legislative management study the adequacy of governmental services, including judicial services, to respond to issues relating to an aging population, including veterans, and to study the efficacy of statutes governing public administrator services and methods for the timely and effective delivery of guardianship and public administrator responsibilities and services.