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Jackson County Wants Additional Judge

According to to court data, Jackson County Circuit Court ranks fifth when it comes to the amount of cases filed across the state.

Posted: Jan 23, 2019 7:36 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2020 9:27 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Jackson County Circuit Court judges want an additional judge to lessen the docket load.

According to to court data, Jackson County Circuit Court ranks fifth when it comes to the amount of cases filed across the state. In 2018, Jackson County saw 26,268 cases filed.

Top five counties for total cases filed:

1. Multomah: 454,216

2. Marion: 33,663

3. Lane: 33,112

4. Washington: 28,658

5. Jackson: 26,268

Top five counties for juvenile cases:

1. Multnomah: 1,390

2. Lane: 969

3. Marion: 886

4: Washington: 859

5. Jackson: 831

"That's a tremendous number of cases for a county of this size," Presiding Judge Tim Gerking said. 

Gerking says an additional judge would help with juvenile cases. The county also ranks fifth in the amount of juvenile cases, coming in at 831 cases filed.

CASA of Jackson County often has volunteers in the courtroom during juvenile proceedings. Wenonoa Spivak, the deputy director of CASA of Jackson County, says an additional judge would be a huge help. 

"Jackson County has highly complex cases and it would be wonderful to have another judge on the bench who could spend more time on each case," Gerking adds.

She adds the existing judges are doing an excellent job, but that she thinks each case could use more attention. She adds judges right now can only spend 15 to 20 minutes on each case because of the workload. Gerking said they don't put a time limit on cases, and sometimes have to extend them. This creates an hours-long waiting period, or sometimes hearings are rescheduled. 

Spivak said an additional judge would help take some of the pressure off. 

"That would really help our CASAs and our community partners understand that the judge has spent the amount of time he or she thinks is important for that particular case," Spivak said. 

Oregon's Chief Justice recommended about $4.5 million for additional judges and staff across the state. Gerking says so far, so good.

"The judicial department is advocating for that and the [Oregon Judicial Department] is supporting Jackson County's need for an additional judge."

Gerking adds in a perfect world, Jackson County would recieve more than one judge. But, he adds, that would require a remodel of the justice building to make room for an additional courtroom. 

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Cases: 354681

Reported Deaths: 4235
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Washington38530317
Marion36621448
Clackamas29551307
Lane27511300
Jackson22911308
Deschutes20066125
Umatilla14401146
Linn12732127
Douglas12019243
Josephine9334196
Yamhill8645111
Klamath7898116
Polk729981
Malheur559576
Benton543531
Coos498094
Columbia378143
Jefferson370752
Union317348
Lincoln317238
Wasco286540
Crook283546
Clatsop243229
Baker201528
Tillamook195929
Hood River191637
Morrow184023
Curry179825
Harney112126
Grant99513
Lake91812
Wallowa68312
Gilliam1534
Sherman1503
Wheeler1121
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Cases: 4835022

Reported Deaths: 71032
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Los Angeles148065626473
Riverside3708005020
San Diego3656704178
San Bernardino3577115627
Orange3237885538
Sacramento1589272303
Kern1455891632
Fresno1455032073
Santa Clara1452251898
Alameda1204021391
San Joaquin1024051721
Ventura1008821166
Contra Costa997401004
Stanislaus858701326
Tulare79709958
San Francisco54299645
San Mateo54046622
Monterey50815583
Solano45958341
Santa Barbara45074522
Merced42144580
Sonoma40895402
Placer39222424
Imperial35906764
Kings32708322
San Luis Obispo29863332
Madera23761285
Butte23726268
Shasta23637349
Santa Cruz20962218
Yolo20275248
Marin17674244
El Dorado17123149
Sutter13873174
Napa12871100
Yuba1003382
Tehama9448108
Humboldt9195108
Nevada912990
Mendocino760087
Lassen754347
San Benito742772
Tuolumne685589
Lake6593104
Amador542964
Siskiyou447046
Glenn435233
Calaveras387280
Del Norte357642
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Inyo208040
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Trinity87211
Modoc6795
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