Warrick County fills new magistrate post | Sports & Recreation
The Warrick County courts have appointed Jacob Zach Winsett to fill the newly created magistrate position. The position was created by the Indiana General Assembly during the 2013 legislative session as the result of a Bill authored by State Rep. Ron Bacon, co-authored by State Rep. Suzanne Crouch and sponsored in the Senate by Vanetta Becker. The position is funded by the State, and the magistrate serves at the discretion of the three Warrick County judges.
Winsett is a partner in the firm of Scales & Winsett in Boonville. He was selected from a panel of 27 applicants. Winsett was awarded a Juris Doctor degree in 2004 from the Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and holds a B.S. Degree from the University of Southern Indiana. In addition to his experience in the general practice of law, he serves as a public defender in Warrick and Spencer Counties, he is the Participant Advocate for the Warrick County Drunk Driving and Drug Court Program, and he serves as a member of the Warrick County Sheriff’s Merit Board.
“I would like to thank the Warrick County Judges for my appointment as Magistrate for the Warrick County courts,” Winsett said. “This position is necessary to accommodate the large number of cases that come into the Warrick County court system, and I am happy and eager to accept this role. I am honored by this appointment, and I will do my best to render prompt, fair, and impartial decisions to the best of my ability.”
A magistrate is an appointed judicial officer who exercises substantially the same powers and authority as an elected judge.
Winsett will be initially assigned to hear misdemeanor, small claims, protective order, paternity and reciprocal child support cases. He will assume his responsibilities on August 5.