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Morton County Courthouse

The Morton County Courthouse in Mandan. 

A new judgeship serving the South Central Judicial District will be based at the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan, the North Dakota Supreme Court ordered Tuesday.

Gov. Doug Burgum has until Aug. 29 to name the judge for the new seat created by the 2019 Legislature. The Judicial Nominating Committee sent him three names from six interviewed candidates. 

The finalists are Mercer County State's Attorney Jessica Binder, of Hazen; Bismarck attorney Paul Myerchin; and South Central District Magistrate Pamela Nesvig, of Bismarck.

Nine judges serve the South Central Judicial District, which encompasses nine counties, including Burleigh and Morton. The district is the busiest in the state and has had a shortage of judges.

Three judges work out of the Morton County Courthouse.

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

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