Monday, September 27, 2010

A 5TH SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE?

THE  FAYETTE  COUNTY  COMMISSIONERS  HAVE  MISGIVINGS  ABOUT  ADDING  A  FIFTH  SUPERIOR  COURT  JUDGE  IN  THE  GRIFFIN  JUDICIAL  CIRCUIT,  SOMETHING  TO  BE  CONSIDERED  BY  THE  JUDICIAL  COUNCIL  OF  GEORGIA.  THE  FAYETTE COUNTY  COMMISSIONERS  HAVE  WRITTEN  A  LETTER  TO   THE  COUNCIL  ASKING  FOR A  DELAY  ON  ANY  DECISION,  BASED  ON COSTS  TO  THE COUNTY. WILL  SIMMONS,  COURT  ADMINISTRATOR  FOR  THE  SIXTH ADMINISTRATIVE  JUDICIAL  CIRCUIT SAYS  THE  FOUR  JUDGES  IN  THE  CIRCUIT IN  UPSON,  PIKE, SPALDING, AND  FAYETTE  COUNTIES, WERE HANDLING  THE  WORKLOAD  OF  AN  ADDITIONAL  I.33 JUDGES. THE  FINAL  DECISION RESTS WITH THE  GA.  GENERAL  ASSEMBLY,  WHICH  MUST  PAY  90% OF  THE JUDGES  SALARY,ALONG  WITH  A  LAW  CLERK  AND  A  SECRETARY,WITH  THE  FOUR  COUNTIES  MAKING  UP  THE  REST.  THE  COUNTY PAYS  50% OF  THE  JUDGES  COSTS  BASED  ON POPULATION  AND  CASE  FILINGS. UPSON COUNTY  COMMISSIONER  MAURICE  RAINES  SAID  BASED  ON  UPSON’S  CASELOAD, A  FIFTH  JUDGE  IS  NOT  NEEDED. IT  WOULD  RAISE  THE  COST  OF  GOVERNMENT  AND  HE’S  AGAINEST  THAT.

1 comment:

  1. Why not have a 5th Judge since those we do have get paid for not doing much, whats another one??

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