BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has denied a petition by some district court judges who argued out-of-state lawyers were no longer needed to represent Dakota Access pipeline protesters.

Judges from the state's South Central District have said the lawyers were no longer justified because no new cases have been filed, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

The state's high court denied the petition on Monday.

South Central District Presiding Judge Gail Hagerty declined to comment on the justices' decision.

The North Dakota Supreme Court in January said out-of-state attorneys may assist pipeline protest-related cases if sponsored by a North Dakota attorney.

About 830 criminal cases were filed in connection to the protests. More than 400 have closed, most of them with dismissed charges.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com