County coming closer to having its own justice court

A Cache County Justice Court may soon be up and running in Cache County. Tuesday night County Attorney James Swink told members of the Cache County Council that Cache is the only county in the state that does not already have a justice court to serve the unincorporated area. Swink says the court would process cases relating to class-B and class-C misdemeanors or infractions committed in the county. In 2009, about 2200 of those cases were handled in First District Court. Swink says several cities in the county have expressed an interest in entering into inter-local agreements with the county to share resources, such as a building, a judge and clerks. “We’re receiving 50% of the fines that are generated in the district courts,” Swink told the council. “Currently, we have 2,200 cases a year going to the district court that happened in unincorporated county. “Because we prosecute those, we get 50% of the revenue generated by those fines. Were we to organize a county justice court, we would double that, we’d get 100% of that.” Swink says the municipaities would keep their local control and they would have a say in how the justice court is operated. Swink will continue to explore the issue further and report back to the council.

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