North Dakota’s Courts Overstepped Their Authority by Halting Evictions

North Dakota Supreme Court chambers. John Hageman / Forum News Service

MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota Supreme Court is operating under new leadership at the moment. Chief Justice Jon Jensen was appointed to the Supreme Court by Burgum in 2017. He was seated as chief justice in January.

His comments to the media at the time are revealing.

“I think judges like to help people,” Jensen said. “And I think you’re no longer an advocate but you’re in some ways finding the legal solution, but the solution.”

That’s not correct.

The job of the judge isn’t to find a solution. It is to apply the law, as created by the legislative and executive branches, to a specific situation.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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