State approves magistrate position in Warrick County | News
Warrick County is getting a magistrate, thanks to passage of new legislation.
Warrick County Publishing reports that the bill allows the three county judges to jointly appoint a magistrate to help with certain cases.
A magistrate has essentially the same duties as a judge, but in some cases, the judge would need to approve some actions performed by the magistrate.
The county’s growing case load is what spurred action on part of State Rep. Ron Bacon. He says the county’s population has grown by almost 10,000 in the last ten years and adding a magistrate might offer a speedy trial to those who have had to wait for busy judges to complete cases.