Adding a Judge Means Another Prosecutor, Office Space

Even though the Washington County commission agreed to hire a third General Sessions judge starting in January, Circuit Court Clerk Karen Guinn says there is no available room. District Attorney General Tony Clark says he's also out of office space but still needs another prosecutor to handle the new court. State standards say a Sessions Court prosecutor should handle up to 200 cases per week; right now they have close to double that amount. "We have to have people to prosecute these cases,” says Clark. “We are spending a minute to a minute-and-a-half on a case. People deserve more than that." Guinn says she plans to ask the county commission for two new employees and additional equipment for the third Sessions Court, which will cost close to $85,000. Money for a new prosecutor must come from the state budget, however. WCYB has the story