Juvenile Court Judges, Magistrates Face Lawsuit

A complaint filed in Shelby County Chancery Court on Tuesday alleges longstanding violations of due process in the juvenile court system of Shelby County. The complaint argues that people with business before the court have the right to have their cases heard before the elected judge, and claims the judge has declined to hear cases, passing that responsibility on to appointed magistrates. The juvenile court responded, saying it handles approximately 50,000 cases each year and that state laws do authorize Juvenile Court Judge Curtis Person to appoint magistrates who have the power of trial judges. News Channel 5 has more.