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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A HERAUZEITUNG Sunday January 1A WHAT IT DOES Waldrips proposal would create the second county court as a mirror image of the first His legislation adds con current or shared jurisdic tion with the district courts for Drug cases from misde meanor through firstdegree felony level effectively giv ing the new courts drug court jurisdiction All state jail felony cas es the lowest level of felony offenses punishable by fine and up to two years in state jail and Civil forfeiture cases and related proceedings The proposed legislation also would allow the county to appoint a magistrate to work at the jail if commis sioners court chooses That magistrate would work at the pleasure of coun ty commissioners and could be released once a new coun ty court is established in 2004 HOW TO COMPARE A number of other counties facing growth impacts even less severe than those here have established second coun ty courts to deal with them Most are larger than Comal County although a few are smaller in terms of popula tion Stan Reid director of the County Information Project with the Texas Association of 1 Counties said that popula was not the only or even the most important j thing to consider for compar ison purposes You want counties that have similar pressures to Comal County that have similar population densities a similar taxable value and are impacted by nearby met ropolitan areas Two counties that fit that bill he said also happen to be neighboring counties Hays County population and Guadalupe County pop ulation Both have opened a second County CourtatLaw m Two other counties that experience growth pressure similar to Comal County Reid said are the panhandle coun ties of Potter and Randall which are dealing with the sprawl of Amarillo Potter County population which includes what was Amarillos traditional downtown has two county courts while Randall Coun ty population until very recently only a bed room community for Amaril lo has one That will probably change soon officials in Potter and Randall counties say POTTER COUNTY Like Chapman in New Braunfels Pamela Sirmon judge in Potter Countys County CourtatLaw 2 was recently elected to her sec ond term in office Potter County created its second county court in 1975 to relieve caseload and coun ty jail overcrowding prob lems In Potter County the next issue will be evening the workload One of the things were considering is growing the jurisdiction of the county courtatlaw We do misde meanors and civil cases through The needs area we have is that a lawsuit isnt a big one anymore People are suing each other in small claims court for now I remember when it was Sirmon said With the changes in crim inal law and magistrations I would like to see county CourtatLaw get felony jurisdiction and relieve some of that as RANDALL COUNTY Sirmon said Randall County directly south of Amarillo had been looking at establishing a second county court for several years What you have to look at is the counties are growing You have to accommodate the workload that comes with that As your popula tion grows the workload Sirmon said Ran dall County is growing like Judy Evans is coordinator in Randall County Courtat Law Weve been looking at it A couple of years ago we really delved into it but we had a rollback election and we had to put a hiatus to Evans said Now she said Randalls county judge and county courtatlaw judge are look ing at it again to alleviate a crowded docket Were big enough to have it but we dont have enough money We may in a couple years or Evans said HAYS COUNTY There has been a second county courtatlaw in Hays County since 1986 It was established by the legisla ture as a parttime court to alleviate dockets that were becoming more crowded as a result of harsher penalties in new drunken driving laws Howard S Warner II is the judge in Hays County CourtatLaw 2 The caseload had blos somed to where there was a need In 1984 the legisla ture revamped the DWI laws By 1985 86 an awful lot of those new cases were coming up for trial We got way behind in a hurry and we needed an additional judge to assist trying Warner said Between 50 and 60 per cent of Warners caseload is criminal he said Two coun ty courts he said will fulfil the needs of Hays County for awhile yet Our system has worked out Warner said GUADALUPE COUNTY Frank Follis was a prose cutor who worked for Guadalupe Countys well known Maximum Bob Cov ington the former district attorney Follis ran in 2002 for and received the Repub lican nomination to be his countys first judge in the newly formed county Court atLaw 2 It was authorized in the last legislative Fol lis said He had to hit the ground running after he was sworn in Jan 1 Follis said He empanelled two juries in his first week This is a growing county like Comal County One county courtatlaw has been here forever and the popu lation is growing consider Follis said Folliss court has the same criminal juvenile family civil and probate powers of many county courts But the countys criminal misdemeanor cases he said will be 80 percent of his workload Ill work four days a week on criminal cases and one day on civil and family cas Follis said The growth of both of our counties has been astro nomical and with it comes that percentage of people who dont obey the law We tcpatu Quatfe and att kwd 358 Landa Suite I 629278 During Lacks Super Savings Sale YOUR Payments MaO Interest NUGMonths NU6Months h rChaf faymenl by August 15 2m or shown on contract will be for interest assessed from six months after purchase date through end of contract term at a maximum APR of but the APR may vary First payment is due within 35 days of purch Merlot Leather Sofa by Viewpoint Sofa features eightway hand tied seating construction and hardwood frame Glove soft leather and padover arms make this sofa the perfect place to relax List Price 99 609970 Loveseat Chair Ottoman 0 Choose Sofa The More you the 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