Friday, March 24, 2006
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Legislature has cleared the way for a sixth judge to take the bench in Gwinnett County State Court.
The Senate passed a local bill Thursday to add the judge in a court where caseloads have more than doubled in the past decade.
"Their caseload is so high, and I think this will help that," Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Norcross, said. "It will make things more efficient in terms of serving the citizens of Gwinnett."
The judgeship was the first priority of the county's judicial circuit, which received an additional Superior Court judge last year and hopes to add another next year.
According to a recent survey, the court averages 140,000 citizens per judge, nearly double the state average of 80,000 citizens per judge.
"We are in dire need of judges," Chief State Court Judge Robert Mock said during a meeting with legislators late last year.
Gov. Sonny Perdue must sign the bill into law before he begins a search for the person to sit on the bench.