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Study: Montana judges burdened by heavy workload

By The Associated Press
Published On: Dec 09 2012 04:44:58 PM MST
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

An annual study again shows Montana judges are overburdened by a workload that sees them handling as many as 85 matters a day and more.
    
The Missoulian reports the latest study shows that only two districts have enough judges to handle their current caseload.
    
By contrast, the Fourth Judicial District that includes Missoula and Mineral counties could use at least one more judge in 2011.
    
The greatest need was in the Lewis and Clark/Broadwater County District, which saw a need for at least 1.45 additional judges.
    
Retiring Flathead County District Judge Kitty Curtis says the caseload means "you just never get to the point that you feel like you're doing what you'd like to with anything."
    
She's leaving the bench nearly two decades after becoming a judge in 1994.