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New Judge in Watford City

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The oil boom has brought thousands of new people to western North Dakota.

And with the population explosion has come major growth in the number of crimes and cases moving through the court system.

The state legislature responded by authorizing two new judgeships in the western part of the state - one in Williston

and one in Watford City.

Today, the Watford City judgeship became official.

The Honorable Judge Robin Schmidt took the oath of office today in an investiture ceremony at McKenzie County Courthouse.

Among distinguished guests were all five members of the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Schmidt is one of 47 trial judges in North Dakota that handle all cases from traffic and small claims to serious criminal charges.

Most investitures are held as one judge retires and a new judge takes his or her place.

In Judge Schmidt's case, she is the first district judge to ever have an investiture ceremony in McKenzie County.

(Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle, North Dakota Supreme Court) "This is an exciting time for the North Dakota judiciary, the Northwest judicial district, McKenzie County and Watford City in the face of brimming case loads and the other challenges that arise for not only the judicial district but also the populous in a booming economy."

Paul Jacobson was chosen for the Williston judgeship position.

Jacobson's investiture will be held next month.

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