It was Civics 101 for the Dodge County Commissioners last week as Third District Court Judge Jodi Williamson gave the board an overview of what her court does and what responsibilities the county has relative to the court.
On another court-related note, the board rejected a request by Sheriff Scott Rose to hire a new sergeant to replace Sgt. Rich Allee six weeks before he retires in the fall.
Williamson said she had been thinking about making a presentation to the board for some time and was prompted to do it now for several reasons.
The Houston County judge did a similar presentation that was well-received, she said. A second reason, she said, was that there had been some real back-and-forth between the county and the court in Steele County after the courthouse was damaged because of a water pipe break.
And finally, she said, she had received a letter from a county auditor in another Third District county inquiring about the fees charged the county for "611 cases."
The 11 counties in the Third District, she said, with Winona County Judge Jeffrey Thompson as the chief judge. Williamson is the assistant chief judge and will take over the chief judge position when Thompson retires.
"To provide justice through a system that assures equal access for the fair and timely resolution of cases and controversies" is the Vision Statement of the Minnesota Judicial, Williamson said.
"I love this," she added, "who is not going to agree."
The Minnesota Trial District Courts, she said, hear civil actions, criminal cases, family, juvenile and probate, violations of city ordinance.
For 2015, she said, 66,628 cases were filed in the Third District.
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