By Ricky Price, ALBUGLE
In a recent 2 week Chambers County Circuit Court Criminal Term 120 cases were disposed of. This is about 1/4 of the pending cases on the “ready for trial” Circuit Court Docket.
The term of Court was presided over by Judge Isaac Whorton. Judge Whorton advised the ALBUGLE that he was very pleased with the outcome of this term of Court. He said the large numbers of cases disposed of was because of a joint effort by the Assistant District Attorney’s assigned to this term, the Defense Attorney’s, the Defendants, the Chambers County Clerks Office and a jury panel that was very patient, attentive and really took their obligation of their jury duty serious.
Judge Whorton advised a priority of this term was to take to trial, work out a plea, or otherwise disposed of older cases on the docket. He said the old cases with defendants in jail were the first to be worked out, when possible.
According to a court official with many years experience, it seemed instead of the docket being set by the District Attorney’s Office, as has been done in the past, the docket was set by Judge Whorton.
Unless there is a special term set, the next term of Circuit Court Criminal Trials will be in November of this year.