Mohave County may get new court judge

Mohave County may have a new Superior Court judge soon. The Superior Court is asking the Board to petition Gov. Jan Brewer to expand the county's superior court to seven divisions instead of six.

The county is allowed to petition the governor's office for additional superior court judges every time its population grows by 30,000 people. The 2010 Census put Mohave County's population at 200,186.

A study completed for the court by the National Center for State Courts, suggested that the court really needed at least 10 judges in order to handle its current caseload. The court currently has eight, six superior court judges and two pro-tem judges. Pro-tem judges are usually attorneys or others who have some background in legal matters who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. They hear cases as a normal judge would in order to lighten the caseload of the other judges.

According to NCSC, the county should have at least three superior court judges to handle criminal cases, two for civil cases, three for domestic cases, one for juvenile cases and one for probate and other legal matters.

The Board will decide on whether to send the petition to the governor at its 9:30 a.m. meeting on Monday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.