House Rejects Thyer's Bill to Benefit Jonesboro Courts

JANUARY 21, 2005 - Posted at 3:23 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas House has rejected a bill that was described as a way to erase a backlog in the Craighead County District Court.  Legislators say the county itself should put up the money for a new district judgeship.

The House Judiciary Committee had endorsed a bill by Representative Chris Thyer of Jonesboro.  The bill would have let district judges statewide appoint up to two civil magistrates to hear cases.

Representatives voted 69-to-26 against Thyer's bill.

Thyer said he drafted the legislation because of a serious backlog in Craighead County where one district judge handles a three-year average of 50,000 cases per year.

In Little Rock, three judges handle a three-year average of 57,000 cases per year.

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