Study: Montgomery and Robertson Counties in Dire Need for More Judges

The 19th Judicial District of Montgomery and Robertson counties has a dire need for two to three more circuit court judges to handle criminal, civil and domestic cases, according to the 2013 Tennessee Trial Courts Judicial Weighted Caseload study. In order to operate efficiently, the report says that the district needs at least 6.75 judges. The district needs 2.36 criminal judges, 2.52 judges dealing with domestic relations cases and 1.87 judges dealing with other civil matters to reach the goal. The issue isn’t new, the Leaf Chronicle reports; it resurfaced in March when judicial redistricting was being considered. The 19th Judicial District saw no changes, but the shortage of judges has continued to be apparent and reinforced with each study.