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New Judges To Help With Caseload

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New judgeships funded by the 2013 legislature are quickly being brought online in northwest North Dakota.

Lawmakers approved two new judgeships in the Northwest District - one was "chambered" in Williston on Friday and a second will be located in either Watford City of Stanley.

Both should begin hearing cases by September First.

Carolyn Probst is the trial court administrator for the Northwest Judicial District and says the new judges will be critical to ending backlogs of cases and getting defendants a speedier resolution to their cases.

In addition to judges, there is funding for more staff in clerk's offices to sift through all of the paperwork generated by so many cases.

She says some cases have had to be delayed simply because there weren't enough people to get the work done.

(Carolyn Probst, NW Judicial District Administrator) "It's unfortunate because everything's important but some had to take a back seat. So I'm looking forward to everyone having that kind of support to get done more timely and be able to handle everything in a more timely manner. Less frustration from the public. Less frustration from attorneys. Less frustration from my staff."

Probst says in Williams and MacKenzie Counties, jury trials are being pushed into 2014 because of the backlog of cases.

And she says the volume of court activity has nearly tripled in recent years.

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