Number of ND court cases jumps by 11%

BISMARCK — North Dakota’s state court administrator says the number of court cases is skyrocketing, especially in the oil-producing western part of the state.

Sally Holewa told the Senate Judiciary committee on Monday that nearly 186,000 cases were filed last year. That’s up more than 11 percent from 2011.

Holewa says the numbers don’t include the more than 20,000 cases that are reopened each year.

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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