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Chas Neff, Jr.

District Court Judge

Chambers: Williston – NWJD #3
Appointed in 2024

Williams County Courthouse
205 E. Broadway
Williston, ND 58801


Renee Gerard
Court Recorder

Judge Neff was appointed as District Court Judge by Governor Doug Burgum in 2022 for the Northwest Judicial District #3 located in Williston, ND.  

Born in in Brainerd, MN in 1980; Judge Neff graduated from Shanley High School and Cardinal Muench Seminary in 1999.  He attended college at Mount St. Mary's College; and finished at North Dakota State University in 2003.  He obtained his Bachelor's of Science in Mass Communications.  He received his Juris Doctor from the Unversity of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota, and was admitted to the N.D. Bar on September 15, 2008.

Judge Neff was the Expert Intern for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy to the United Nations. He was the Reference Attorney and Consultant at Thomson Reuters from 2007-2014. Judge Neff was the Assistant State’s Attorney in McKenzie County from 2014-2017, and became McKenzie County State’s Attorney from 2017-2018. He was a Law Clerk/Staff Attorney for the Northwest Judicial District from 2019 until his judgeship in 2023.