Judicial Redistricting Drawing Wide Concern

A number of local governments are expressing concern about efforts to redraw the state’s judicial districts. In Anderson County, officials have raised questions about whether judicial offices would have to move to another county, and whether they would lose their children’s advocacy center, crime task force, DUI prosecution grant and drug court, all of which are tied to the judicial district, Knoxnews reports. Meanwhile in Dayton, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the city council voted Monday to oppose proposed judicial redistricting after hearing a presentation by the Rhea County clerk and master. And in Washington County, Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Seeley Jr. is opposing the idea saying that changing the local district lines would involve “unknown administrative costs and logistical headaches.” An editorial by the Johnson City Press agrees with that assessment and urges state legislators to consider those issues.