Associated Press, Published September 10 2012
ND chief justice says judicial report will bolster request for help in western NDBISMARCK — North Dakota Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle says a report on western North Dakota's judicial system is a "useful tool" for asking the Legislature to give some help.
The state Bar Association report says western North Dakota needs at least two more judges and additional clerks and other court personnel.
It recommends hiring at least one more lawyer for the state's public defender system.
North Dakota has 44 district judges who handle trials. The courts in western North Dakota's oil country have had a big increase in work as the industry has grown.
VandeWalle says the Supreme Court hasn't decided how many new judgeships to request from the Legislature. He says North Dakota's growth hasn't been limited to the west, and court workloads are growing statewide.
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