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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Mar 6, 2014

The Hamilton County Commission will vote on allowing judicial commissioners to be reappointed to their positions without having to reapply or open the positions to other applicants. Judicial commissioners, also known as magistrates, sign warrants for searches and felony arrests, appoint attorneys for defendants who can't afford legal aid, set bonds and assist Hamilton County courts. Historically, the commission has interviewed and appointed two of four judicial commissioners every six months, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.