(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), April 18, 2018 – Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) said today that Rutherford and Cannon Counties will receive a new trial court judge under a budget amendment approved by the full Senate today. The amendment adds $800,000 recurring and $99,400 non-recurring to fund judges in the 16th, 19th and 21st Judicial Districts, as well as calling for a study on judicial redistricting. Rutherford and Cannon Counties comprise the 16th District.
Ketron, who is a member of the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee, has been in negotiations with Governor Haslam and other leaders in the General Assembly to help secure the funds.
“I am very pleased that we will be getting a new judge to help alleviate the flow of cases coming into our court system in Rutherford County,” said Senator Ketron. “This will be a huge help to address a backlog of cases so justice can be administered in a more expedient manner.”
The most recent study by Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson showed that District 16 is in need of 1.56 additional judges. The five state trial judges in the district hear approximately 11,000 civil or criminal cases per year. Rutherford County has the fastest growing population in Tennessee which has caused growth in litigation and criminal charges.
Although the funding for the new judge is in the budget, the matter will not be final until the enacting legislation, Senate Bill 5, is passed on final consideration. This is expected to occur before the General Assembly adjourns next week.