The 2013 Legislature is under way. The chief justice normally delivers a speech to lawmakers in the session’s first week. He gives a report about how the court system is running and talks about its budget needs.
VandeWalle wants lawmakers to approve two new judgeships in northwestern North Dakota’s oil country, and another judgeship in Fargo.
North Dakota already has 44 trial judges. They handle everything from criminal trials to disputes over money.
VandeWalle says the growth in court filings from western North Dakota’s oil economy has pushed the judicial system to a “crisis point.”