Some Judge Relief
March 31, 2015 § 1 Comment
I’m hearing that the House voted yesterday to approve a conference report that adds several new chancellor positions.
There would be one chancellor post added in each of three districts: Fourth (Amite, Franklin, Pike, Walthall); Eleventh (Holmes, Leake, Madison, Yazoo); and Twentieth (Rankin).
The Senate must approve before the bill is sent to the Governor. My source tells me that passage in the Senate is expected, and the Governor should sign.
I’ve not been able to check this out on the Legislature’s website.
This should provide some relief in the southwestern counties of the McComb area, where long waits for trial dates are now the norm, due to there being a single chancellor covering four counties.
It will also take some pressure off of the chancellors in the heavily populated metro area comprising the Jackson suburbs. With increasing population comes more litigation, requiring more judges.
This will leave three single-chancellor districts: Second (Jasper, Newton, and Scott); Fifteenth (Copiah and Lincoln); and Nineteenth (Jones and Wayne).
… And this just in from attorney Grant Fox of Brandon …
Judge, this has passed both houses and is on way to Governor.
I am glad to hear this. I practice primarily in both Rankin and Madison and the extra Judges are needed.