Judge Sampson on Municipal Court Proposal

Sheridan County Circuit Court Judge John Sampson
Sheridan County Circuit Court Judge John Sampson

The question was raised at a City of Sheridan budget work session last month of possibly doing away with or modifying the Municipal Court system to save the City money. If the City would choose to eliminate Municipal Court or even make changes to the way it's run, it would have an overwhelming impact on the case load for Sheridan County Circuit Court, as they would receive an additional 1,000 to 2,000 tickets a year.

Circuit Court Judge John Sampson says that adding to an already heavy case load would be tough on the attorneys as well as the staff in his office.

Judge Sampson explains that if the City did elect to make changes to the Municipal Court system, there are several options that they would have that wouldn't overburden Circuit Court.

Sampson also said that the City could save money by implementing a hiring freeze at the Police Department and reduce the force by 3 to 4 officers through attrition. By doing that, Sampson feels that the City could make up for the fact that Municipal Court isn't profitable.

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