Thursday, May 24, 2007

A Second Juvenile Court Judge? Not so fast.

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2007 at 4:00 AM

A Chancery Court judge issued a stay order Wednesday preventing the Shelby County Commission from appointing a second judge to Juvenile Court until the matter is decided upon appeal.

Shortly after the new year, the County Commission tried to appoint a second judge at Juvenile Court, ostensibly in an effort to fix congestion and other problems at the court. Curtis Person became the Juvenile Court judge after longtime judge Kenneth Turner retired last fall.

Last Friday, Chancery Court Judge Kenny Armstrong approved the commission's right to appoint a second judge. But in a hearing today, lawyers for Person told Armstrong that they plan to appeal the matter to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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