OK, so you think a "night court" or "evenings and weekends" would be a good idea? Really?! How many of you would show up for jury duty nights and weekends? Most people already do their best to get out of jury duty when it's held between the hours of 8-5 Mon - Fri!!!
Besides that, Judges and Attorneys are not the only people that would be required to be present.....you have the clerks, court reporters, deputies, etc. that are involved any time hearings/trials are going on, not to mention you have maintenance people also working in the building. Are you going to require all of these people to work 8 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.? No, you would have to hire more, meaning more paychecks to hand out. Doesn't seem so simple anymore does it?
Furthermore, jail inmates are not the only ones in court......you have probates, family law cases, Attorney General cases, and other miscellaneous suits, not just criminal cases. I can just imagine an attorney telling his or her client, uh, your divorce case is set for 5:00 p.m. on Friday night. Yeah, right!
No where in the article did it say Gilliam asked for any hand out, the poor guy just showed up for his first day of work and had drama! Who would ever ask for that?! All he wanted was a courtroom to do his job in!
Go Judge Gilliam! Hopefully this situation will get worked out so you can enjoy the job you were elected to do!!!!!
Isn't Gilliam one of those hardcore republikates, and wanting another earmark, handout, grant ???
Did I miss something? When was the furniture moved? Who moved it? There must be a much bigger problem here than number of courtrooms. If this is a snapshot of out justice system it would seem there is no "system".
The County Courts at Law 1 and 2 should be held in the 1892 Victoria County Courthouse. The District courts should be held in the courthouse annex.
Is this story really newsworthy? Most everyone in this town knows what a Keystone Kops town and county government exists, they have their heads buried in the dirt.
Why not have the county apply for another Homeland Security grant or Department of Agriculture grant to milk the feds more for the courthouse? If they're revamping the bottom floor for Emergency Management using Federal funds, why not simply use those funds or even Agriculture funds to expand the courthouse? What could possibly be wrong with that?
How about the judge buy his own desk, chair and lamp out of his own salary! Oh, I guess that should be a federal grant too. Pitch in judge.
The man does not like Gilliam, so he moves his stuff around to be a jerk. So ridiculous of you judge.
tell them folks all of goverment officals and elected officals should have to work night and weekends and live off the money we make working day and night to keep our heads above water. And for those on SS and making $7.00 we really have to pinch pennies. No high paying jobs and we have to pay our medicare and Insurance ourselves county or state don't pay ours.
Divide the courtrooms into four cubicles each and video conference from the jail for the prisoner. Now you have four new courtrooms and less need for bailiffs, court reporters, and jail personnel.
Just a taxpayer.
Taxpayer...You're dreaming if you think JUDGES and a bunch of lawyers will be willing to work nights or weekends. Even if they did, they'd probably demand hardship pay. I agree that it is the quickest, easiest, and most economical solution. That's why it'll never happen. It's too simple.
It's hard to believe that there are only four courtrooms in TWO courthouses. What's this business of them wanting to renovate the courthouse. Didn't they just finish doing that?