Kent Co. adding new circuit court judge in 2017

The Dec. 17, 2015 Kent County Commission meeting.
The Dec. 17, 2015 Kent County Commission meeting.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Board of Commissioners voted on Thursday to add an additional judge to the 17th Circuit Court.

In 2013, the State Court Administrative Office issued a report that recommended an additional just in Kent County. The commission decided then not to add a new judge due to financial reasons, but Thursday they decided to move forward.

“The judge has been tentatively slotted by the circuit court itself to work in the area of family law and probate, and that’s an area that right now that is the most taxed in our system,” Kent County Commissioner Jim Saalfeld said. “The judges we have are doing a great job, but they are working many more hours often times than judges in other parts of the state. So this is going to add much needed relief in that area in particular.”

The new judge will take the bench in 2017.

The commission also voted to add two new circuit court clerks, two corrections officers and an assistant prosecuting attorney.

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