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State of North Dakota

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: North Dakota

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 5 of North Dakota's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates shall not:
  • With respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, make pledges, promises, or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office.

  • Knowingly misrepresent the identity, qualifications, present position, or any other fact concerning themselves or their opponents.

  • Directly and personally solicit or accept campaign contributions or directly and personally solicit publicly stated support.

Candidates may establish campaign committees to solicit and accept reasonable campaign contributions, manage the expenditure of funds for the campaign, and obtain public statements of support. Candidate committees may not solicit contributions and public support earlier than one year before the election or later than 90 days after the last election in which the candidate participates.