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Chas Neff, Jr.

District Court Judge

Chambers: Williston – NWJD #3
Appointed in 2023

Williams County Courthouse
205 E. Broadway
Williston, ND 58801


Renee Gerard
Court Recorder

Born in Brainerd, MN. Graduated from Shanley High School and Cardinal Muench Seminary in 1999. Started college at Mount St. Mary’s College; finished at North Dakota State University in 2003 with a B.S. in Mass Communications. Earned a Juris Doctor from University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota. Expert/Intern for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. Reference Attorney/Consultant at Thomson Reuters from 2007-2014. Assistant State’s Attorney in McKenzie County from 2014-2017. State’s Attorney for McKenzie County 2017-2018. Law Clerk/Staff Attorney for NWJD from 2019-2023. Appointed District Judge by Gov. Burgum in 2023.