Decatur County magistrate moves one step closer

Decatur County Judges Tim Day and Matthew Bailey testifying.

Statehouse– Decatur County could be getting a local magistrate, according to State Representative Cindy Ziemke. According to Ziemke, House Bill 1043 would allow Decatur County to add a magistrate, which would alleviate the heavy caseloads the county has been experiencing.

Ziemke, who voted in favor of the bill as a member of the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee, said the legislation came out of a summer study committee that recommended the establishment of a magistrate for the county.

The bill is supported by Decatur County Superior Court Judge Matthew Bailey and Circuit Court Judge Tim Day. After passing out of the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee, the bill now heads to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.