ND Chief Justice says state’s court system is at “crisis point”

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.”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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