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Forum News Service, Published February 13 2014

ND judge ordered suspended without pay

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a district judge suspended for a month without pay for failing to promptly resolve cases.

Minot-based District Judge Richard Hagar’s suspension is to start April 1. He also was ordered to pay $3,710.49 in court costs and attorney fees.

The Supreme Court order, filed Thursday, upholds a ruling by the Judicial Conduct Commission that Hagar was too slow in rendering decisions, including taking more than nine months to decide the residency of children of a couple that had been granted a divorce.

Hagar has been a district court judge since 2007.