McDONOUGH — The Henry County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution for three additional on-call associate Magistrate Court judges.
The board unanimously approved the judges at its Tuesday meeting. The new associate magistrate judges are Santana Flanigan, Maritza Ramos and Sheila Tyler. Their four-year terms will start July 1.
According to Martin Jones, chief magistrate judge for Henry County, the additional judges are necessary due to Henry County’s increased population growth. The additional judges will allow more availability for public safety departments.
“We plan to go on a seven-judge rotation to be on call, which means that we will have availability for law enforcement from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., which gets us more in line with the size of the county and where we should be as a court,” Jones said. “The rotations will allow us to provide what we believe would probably be on average two, possibly three, blood draw search warrants per night.”
In addition, the BOC approved two items for the Magistrate Court. The first concerned digital storage for court records, while the second supported the enactment of a technology fund.
Under state law, the Magistrate Court must maintain and store court records for 10 years. With action taken by the board on Tuesday, the court can maintain and store digital copies of court records, and is required to have a backup file server that will be maintained by Henry County’s Technology Services Department.
The technology fund will allow the Magistrate Court to charge and collect a technology fee not to exceed $5 for each civil action, garnishment action and dispossessory affidavit filed. Funds collected will be used for the technological needs of the Henry County Magistrate Court.