Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed South Central District Magistrate Pamela Nesvig to a newly created judgeship in the judicial district serving Burleigh and Morton counties.

Her appointment is effective Sept. 1. She will be chambered in Mandan as the 10th district judge of the South Central Judicial District.

The 2019 Legislature approved the new judgeship and companion court reporter after hearing of rising caseloads in the district, which is North Dakota's busiest and has had a shortage of two to three judges since 2009.

Nesvig has been a judicial referee and magistrate since 2015. She has presided over cases related to juvenile proceedings, adult guardianships, traffic, small claims, divorce, eviction, child support and mental health.

She was previously a Burleigh County prosecutor for more than eight years and has worked in private practice and as a consultant for the North Dakota Safety Council.

She earned her law degree in 2005 from the University of North Dakota School of Law after earning a bachelor's degree in occupational safety and environmental health in 2001 from UND and an associate degree in liberal arts in 1998 from Bismarck State College.

Nesvig also is a member of the Big Muddy Bar Association and the State Bar Association of North Dakota. 

She was one of six applicants to be interviewed by the state's Judicial Nominating Committee for the judgeship and one of three finalists forwarded to the governor.

Nesvig's seat will be up for election in 2022 for a full six-year term.

The South Central Judicial District serves Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan and Sioux counties. 

Nesvig's magistrate position will be posted and filled on appointment by South Central District Presiding Judge Gail Hagerty on behalf of her fellow district judges.

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.


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