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The North Dakota Supreme Court has ordered the state to fill an open judicial seat in Grafton being vacated by Judge Richard Geiger. Geiger plans to step down from the bench October 1st. The state’s high court reviews vacancies to see if an additional judge is necessary or whether the seat should be moved or abolished.

The court found despite a slight decrease in caseload filings the demand still warrants the post in Grafton for effective judicial administration.

Governor Burgum will now ask a Judicial Nominating Committee to compile a list of candidates for the position.

On the short end of a four to one ruling Justice Daniel Crothers argued in favor of placing the judgeship in Grand Forks and consider moving Walsh County to the Northeast Central Judicial District to help balance resources and need.

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