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Jack McDonald, the State Bar Association of North Dakota Justice System Energy Impact Task Force chairman, asks for comment from local attorneys, judges, law enforcement and court officials Tuesday at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson.

Southwest Judicial District 'overwhelmed'

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Witnesses shared a common theme at the Justices System Energy Impact Task Force meeting Tuesday at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson: The court system is overstressed and it is only going to get worse.

"What we are hearing is a system that is overwhelmed in all aspects," Task Force Chairman Jack McDonald said. "What we are trying to do now is get some facts and figures so that the Legislature and the people making budget decisions ... can cope."

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