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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ind. Courts - More on "St. Joe County tax funds to pay for new courtrooms"

Updating this ILB entry from June 4th, Eric Blasko of the South Bend Tribune reported June 13th:

SOUTH BEND -- The County Council on Tuesday agreed to spend $8.2 million on new felony courtrooms, bond payments, police radios and other items, all part of the county's annual appropriation of county economic development income tax, or CEDIT, dollars. * * *

The appropriation, which passed by a vote of 8-0, includes about $1.5 million to renovate parts of the first and second floor of the County-City Building, formerly the county jail, into four new, ADA-compliant felony courtrooms. (The county plans to appropriate another $1.5 million in CEDIT money toward the project next year, for a total of $3 million).

The new courtrooms, to be used by the county's four felony judges -- Jane Woodward Miller, Jerome Frese, Roland Chamblee Jr., and John Marnocha -- will free up space in the 1896 Courthouse, making it possible to schedule more civil jury trials there, Chief Superior Court Judge Michael Scopelitis has said.

It will also allow the court to take better advantage of the services of its senior judges, Scopelitis said, and to petition the state for additional magistrates to handle the abundance of small claims and traffic and misdemeanor cases in the county.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 16, 2012 02:54 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts