Winnebago Co. Board Considers Opening Extra Courtroom

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It will be just a matter of weeks until local judges find out if they'll get to open another courtroom in the new Juvenile Justice Center.

Today several judges met with the Winnebago County Board to explain why they need that extra courtroom. They say come the first of the year they'll have more juvenile cases. That's because a new state law says 17-year-olds can't be tried in adult court. Chief Judge Joseph McGraw says that will put a heavier case load on judges who will need more space.

"So we'll have to take judge out of a courtroom, combine courtrooms increase the workload on those courtrooms to allow that judge to go to juvenile court and adjudicate those cases," Judge McGraw, said.

The Winnebago County Budget Committee is expected to make a decision next month.

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