It will make a change for order of protection cases which will be heard by a circuit court special master with assistance from the eight circuit judges.For years, first, second or third offenders got bumped down the docket for more serious DUI cases, but it was overloading the criminal court judge assigned to the bulk of the cases. Weeks and months might go by without the cases being heard. This week, the courts came with up a plan to make DUI cases a priority in a single court.
"I will be handling and my colleagues will be handling the misdemeanor DUIs, which are first, second, or third." said Circuit Court Judge Amanda McClendon.
"Which means they will be heard in a timely manner, which is a good thing policy-wise, you want to get these people off the street, if they are in violation or help if they need it," she continued.McClendon pointed to the example of Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn who had been overburdened with the misdemeanor DUI cases."He did that in addition to his normal docket, so he was working a lot, so the other judges helped out, we helped out, but the bulk of the work fell on him," added Judge McClendon. The plan starts October 15.It will make a change for order of protection cases which will be heard by a circuit court special master with assistance from the eight circuit judges.