Shelby County Likely to Expand Environmental Court

An expansion of the Shelby County Environmental Court is “fairly assured” now that the General Sessions’ clerk has agreed to eliminate a position in his office to fund the project, the Commercial Appeal reports. Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter praised the move and outlined his plans for splitting the work of the court into two courtrooms: one that would focus exclusively on environmental cases and one that would handle traffic citations, which the court hears as a division of the General Sessions Criminal Court. Funding also would pay for a referee to stand in for Judge Potter in traffic court so he can focus more on environmental cases.