House passes Eberhart’s bill adding a Shelby Co. magistrate

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Tuesday, February 21, 2017 9:40 am

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 21, 2017) – The House of Representatives Monday voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Sean Eberhart’s (R-Shelbyville) bill that would allow for the appointment of a full-time magistrate in Shelby County.

A magistrate is a civil officer or lay judge who administers the law. Eberhart said most magistrates conduct court proceedings, handling minor offenses and preliminary hearings for more serious offenses.

“With this legislation we would be able to help our three judges in Shelby County who are currently bogged down with the workload of more than four judges,” Eberhart said. “Shelby County hasn’t been granted a new judicial officer in over 40 years. With a growing community, it’s important that we develop every aspect, including being able to ensure a more efficient administration of justice.”

Eberhart said House Bill 1053 would give the power of appointing the magistrate to the county judges.

House Bill 1053 is now headed to the Senate for further consideration. Constituents can stay up-to-date on Eberhart’s legislation by visiting


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.