GIBSON COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – Tuesday the Statehouse announced that the Indiana House of Representatives on supported State Rep. Matt Hostettler’s (R-Fort Branch) legislation allowing Gibson County to hire a new magistrate.
Hostettler said magistrates are hired to preside over minor civil and criminal cases and conduct preliminary hearings. They also assist with judicial caseloads by administering oaths, compelling the attendance of witnesses, setting bail, conducting hearings and trials, and imposing criminal sentences.
According to Hostettler, Gibson County recently implemented a pre-trial release program, and the county is still adjusting to this new process. A magistrate would help the county more efficiently handle its cases.
House Bill 1145 now moves to the Indiana Senate for further consideration.
(This story was originally published on January 30, 2020)