The North Dakota Supreme Court is considering several ways of shifting the state’s judicial districts to achieve more parity in judges, workload and district population.
Right now, North Dakota has seven judicial districts, ranging in size from two to 12 counties, according to the Bismark Tribune. The largest is the South Central Judicial District, which occupies 15,990.5 square miles and includes Burleigh, Morton and 10 other counties.
The paper reports that the state is taking comments on the proposed changes until June 27, when the state Supreme court is to decide whether to have a hearing on the issue. This year the legislature approved adding three judges to the system, according to WDAY-TV, but there are still matters to resolve like judge shortages and judge surpluses.
The state’s court administrators took into consideration a caseload study, case filings, population and population trends, and a number of other issues, according to a letter from the state's judicial committee chairman, Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner, the Tribune reports.
Now, with several options to be considered, Kapsner tells the paper “It turned into something bigger.”