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Jul 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm


The north Dakota supreme court is reviewing the number of district judges in the northeast central district in light of the pending retirement of judge joel medd.    north Dakota century code requires the state’s high court to evaluate vacancies and may order the position be filled…transferred to another judicial district…or abolished.   the northeast central district saw three-thousand-416 criminal case filings in 2012 – an increase of 18-percent over the previous year.   grand forks states attorney peter welte says that’s similar to the jump seen in oil country.  Welte says with the increase in criminal and juvenile filings hopefully the high court retains the judgeship.

criminal filings climbed eight-point-nine percent statewide in 2012.   the high court is expected to render its decision by the end of September.

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