Visiting Judges Assigned to Help Memphis's Congested Courts

Under a special Visiting Judges Program, three federal judges from Michigan have agreed to help ease the backlog in Memphis. So far 30 local criminal and civil cases have been reassigned to the three judges -- Robert Cleland, Stephen Murphy and Arthur Tarnow -- who may be able to handle some of the work by teleconference, but who otherwise will be scheduling court time in Memphis. The goal is to get Memphis out from under the official federal designation of being "a congested court," where the judges dispose of many more cases per year than the national average, but where it also takes much longer to dispose of those cases. Learn more from the Commercial Appeal.