CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) _ Oklahoma's 12th Judicial District in northeast Oklahoma will add a third district judge next year.
The district includes Rogers, Mayes and Craig Counties.
District Judge Dynda Post says state legislators recently approved the position and that funding begins on January 1st.
A US Census report released in April shows Rogers County grew faster than any other from 2000 to 2004, with a nearly 12 percent increase in population.
Post says that expansion has been mirrored by the courts. She says felonies from 1994 to 2004 have increased by 110 percent, while civil cases have jumped by 120 percent.
The governor will appoint the new judge.