Judge Changes Way Records Are Released

Arrest warrants and other court papers for the Carter County General Sessions Court and Juvenile Court are no longer being distributed through normal record-keeping channels, reports the Johnson City Press. This week, General Sessions Judge John Walton issued an order limiting release of “arrest warrants, summonses, violations of probation, petitions, capiases and attachments” to the bench clerk Lori Pierce. Circuit court clerks and at least one attorney said they could not get access to the documents. County Attorney Keith Bowers was to meet with interested parties today to find a resolution to the issue.