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Bankruptcy judge given 6-month term extension


A federal appellate court panel has given Montana's bankruptcy judge a six-month extension while considering his appointment to a new 14-year term.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ralph Kirscher was appointed Nov. 18, 1999, and his term expired on Monday.

David Madden of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that a committee of judges is still considering Kirscher's reappointment.

The 9th Circuit's judicial council has issued a six-month extension of Kirscher's original term lasting until May so the process can be completed.

Madden says he is not privy to any further information about Kirscher's reappointment.

Kirscher was in private practice prior to his appointment to the federal bench.

He has presided over high-profile cases such as the Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission co-op and Yellowstone Club bankruptcies.