Eberhart’s bill establishing a magistrate in Shelby County could soon be law

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Monday, April 10, 2017 4:10 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2017) — State Rep. Sean Eberhart’s (R-Shelbyville) bill allowing for the establishment of  a Shelby County magistrate could soon be law.

According to Eberhart, this legislation would allow Shelby County to appoint a full-time magistrate, which is a civil officer or lay judge who administers the law. Most magistrates conduct court proceedings, handle minor offenses and preliminary hearings for more serious offenses.

“As of now, Shelby County only has three judges and they are overwhelmed with the work of more than four judges,” Eberhart said. “The new position would help to ensure a more efficient administration of justice.”

Eberhart said Shelby County was granted a judicial officer 40 years ago and has since had a population increase. The legislation would give the power of appointing the magistrate to the county judges.

House Enrolled Act 1053 now moves to the governor’s desk for consideration.

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State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents House District 57,
which includes Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties.

A high-resolution photo of Eberhart can be downloaded by clicking here.