COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) announced the Senate passage of legislation this week which would establish the Perry County Municipal Court and seat a full-time judgeship.
Since 1990, the Perry County caseload has increased from 800 new cases annually to more than 4,000. The Ohio Supreme Court reviewed the issue in 2014 and recommended the creation of the Perry County Municipal Court and the conversion of the part-time judgeship into a full-time position.
“Creation of the Perry County Municipal Court will help to address the growing caseload and allow for more personalized attention to be given to drug-related cases, which has the potential to reduce recidivism,” said Hottinger.
Operating on a full-time basis as a Municipal Court with its own judgeship, cases could be adjudicated in less time and the court would have the capacity meet the time constraints set forth by local and state requirements.
When the Village of New Lexington ceased operation of its court in 2013, the increased caseload made the need for a Perry County Municipal Court apparent.
The proposed Perry County Municipal Court would also help to improve efficiency in the newly formed Perry County New Direction Court program, which seeks to address substance abuse, crime and recidivism of participants through intense supervision, treatment and judicial monitoring.
Senate Bill 25 will now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
"This legislation seeks to honor the courage, bravery, and sacrifice of Officer Cottrell who devoted his life to serving the people of this nation," said Hottinger. "I hope this small act goes a long way in showing our gratitude for his service and is a reminder to those who knew and loved him that his memory will live on."
"Immediate action must be taken in order to preserve the many lives that are on this destructive path," said Senator Hottinger. "Working together, making the necessary changes to the prescribing guidelines, I believe we can make a difference for the many suffering with an opioid addiction."
I remain committed to increasing the public’s confidence in elected officials to act transparently and justly and I will continue support efforts to keep our government accountable to you and all Ohioans.
“For residents, business owners and those who travel to Buckeye Lake, today is another milestone day that will have a positive impact on the community for generations," said Senator Hottinger.