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Published May 02, 2013, 09:40 AM

3 new state judges approved for North Dakota

The North Dakota Supreme Court is taking public comments on where it should base three new state district court judgeships approved by the Legislature.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court is taking public comments on where it should base three new state district court judgeships approved by the Legislature.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed a bill approved by the House and Senate that provides for the new judges — one in the southeast and two in the northwest. Chief Justice Gerald Vandewalle (VAN'-duh-wahl) had asked lawmakers for the new judgeships to help handle a large increase in court cases due in part to the oil boom in western North Dakota. The cost is estimated at $1.7 million.

Two of the new judgeships are in the Williston-based Northwest Judicial District and the third is in the Fargo-based East Central District. They need to be filled within 30 days of the bill becoming law on Aug. 1


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