PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed a new circuit court judge for the state's central region.

According to a Monday, Sept. 9, news release from Noem's office, Margo Northrup of Pierre is the Sixth Circuit Court's newest judge. The sixth circuit, which encompasses 14 counties, is served by four judges and one magistrate judge.

Northrup grew up in Pierre and attended the University of South Dakota for her undergraduate and law degrees. Since 2004, she has practiced at the private law firm Riter, Rogers, Wattier and Northrup, where she has focused on administrative, telecommunications, business and family law, as well as criminal defense and general civil practice.

A member of the South Dakota and American Bar Associations, Northrup has practiced in the state Supreme Court, Federal District of South Dakota, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court.

Northrup in Monday's release called the role an "important honor and grave responsibility."

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“I believe that impartiality is the primary tenant of our judicial system and that the law must be carried out in a fair and unbiased matter above all else," Northrup said. "I look forward to serving my community in this capacity.”