TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Barry Kolar on May 16, 2018

A proposal to replace Hamilton County’s four full-time magistrates with one full-timer and a fleet of part-time attorneys came under heavy fire today from four General Sessions Court judges, the district attorney and the Criminal Court clerk. Chattanoogan.com reports that the group appeared before commissioners to question the proposal from Commissioner Joe Graham, who said the change had the potential of saving the county over $400,000 a year. The magistrate post "is one of the most important jobs in our community" and should not be left to part-time attorneys, Judge Christie Sell told the commission.