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Published April 19, 2010, 09:16 AM

Magistrate's Reappointment Being Considered

Federal court officials in North Dakota are seeking comments from attorneys and the public on whether Grand Forks-based U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal should be appointed to another four-year term.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Federal court officials in North Dakota

are seeking comments from attorneys and the public on whether Grand

Forks-based U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal should be

appointed to another four-year term.

Senechal has held the post since 1990. Her current term ends

Nov. 14.

A panel of citizens will consider her reappointment and make a

recommendation to U.S. district judges Ralph Erickson and Daniel

Hovland, who have the final say.

Senechal handles preliminary proceedings, including arraignments

and detention hearings in criminal cases, and presides over trials

in misdemeanor and civil cases.

The deadline for comments is May 1.

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