ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Bar Association believes the county’s juvenile judge position needs to be full time, and it has the numbers to back that up.
Hawkins County Sessions Judge J. Todd Ross told the Hawkins County Commission during Monday’s morning meeting that juvenile court needs to be increased from two to five days per week, and the judge position changed from part time to full time.
Ross told the commission he was speaking on behalf of the Hawkins County Bar Association, as well as Juvenile Judge Daniel Boyd, who was substituting in Ross’s Court Monday morning.
Hawkins County Juvenile Court currently meets in regular session on Tuesday and Thursday.
“I feel it’s part of my obligation to make sure our justice system as a whole is working the way it should,” Ross told the commission. “Part of that is an assessment of the juvenile court system, and how that’s affecting my court, as well as the county. What I’ve seen is a good portion, if not a majority, of the people who come through my court are young people 18-23 years old, many of whom have been through juvenile court.”For an expanded version of this article, please see Tuesday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.