Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 6:07AM

Chief judge urges Banks County not to ‘divorce’ Piedmont Circuit

By Rob Moore Reporter
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

HOMER — The Banks County Commission received a message from the superior court judges of the Piedmont Judicial Circuit Tuesday night: don’t leave the circuit without trying to work things out.

Banks County leaders have said they will ask the local legislative delegation to help the county move from the Piedmont Judicial Circuit (made up of Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties) to the Mountain Judicial Circuit, made up of (Habersham, Rabun and Stephens counties).

Chief Judge David Motes addressed the commission Tuesday night, saying he spoke on behalf of himself, Judge Currie M. Mingledorff II, Judge Wayne D. McLocklin and Judge Joseph H. Booth, the judges of the circuit, all of whom were in attendance.

“I’m here for one purpose and one purpose only,” Motes told commissioners. “I want to tell you that I think it is not in the best interest of the citizens of Banks County of the state of Georgia for Banks County to divorce the Piedmont Judicial Circuit.”

Likening the commission’s desire to leave the judicial circuit to a marriage coming to an end, Motes said divorces are costly.

“We do have concerns about Banks County leaving the Piedmont Judicial Circuit,” Motes said. “We’re concerned about what this will cost the citizens of Banks County and how that will impact them. I speak for all the judges when I tell you that we’re all committed to serve the citizens of Banks County. That is our job, that is our duty, and we will continue to do our duty for as long as we are judges of the Superior Court of Banks County.”

Commissioners asked no questions after Motes’ speech, nor did they take any action regarding the Piedmont Judicial Circuit.

  • Associated Categories: Homepage, Local/State News, Politics
  • Associated Tags: Banks County Commission, Piedmont Judicial Circuit, Mountain Judicial Circuit, Chief Judge David Motes
© Copyright 2020
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Chief judge urges Banks County not to ‘divorce’ Piedmont Circuit
The Banks County Commission received a message from the superior court judges of the Piedmont Judicial Circuit Tuesday night: don’t leave the circuit without trying to work things out.
11:01PM ( 11 minutes ago )
White House requests $5B to ease Puerto Rico fiscal crisis
The White House is asking Congress for $5 billion to ease a fiscal crisis striking the government of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria
7:28PM ( 3 hours ago )
Atlanta contractors get prison time in contract bribery case
An Atlanta contractor has been sentenced to serve five years in prison as part of an ongoing federal investigation into bribes paid for city contracts
4:52PM ( 6 hours ago )
Local/State News
Trump links border wall, green card overhaul to DACA
Trump links hard-line immigration priorities, including border wall and overhauling green-card system, to support for helping young immigrants in the US illegally
10:06PM ( 2 days ago )
Tuesday is voter registration deadline for Nov. 7 elections
Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 7 city and special elections across Georgia, including a number in northeast Georgia.
6:00AM ( 2 days ago )
City planning staff recommends approval with conditions for townhome plan behind Ashton Senior Living
The planning staff for the city of Gainesville is recommending conditional approval for a rezoning request that would allow townhomes to be built on property behind Ashton Senior Living off Enota Avenue.
6:00AM ( 2 days ago )
Banks County votes to loan $700,000 to development authority
The Banks County Commission will provide short-term funding for the county’s development authority.
10:00PM ( 1 month ago )
Increased tax digest allows Banks County to hold the line on millage rate
The elected head of Banks County government says the recovering economy is allowing commissioners to avoid a tax increase again in 2017.
7:33PM ( 2 months ago )
Banks County renews fire protection contract with Baldwin at higher cost
The Banks County Commission will continue to contract with Baldwin Fire Department to provide fire and rescue services for the north end of the county.
1:02PM ( 2 months ago )
Banks County approves ambulance to replace one involved in recent crash
The Banks County Commission has approved the purchase of a new ambulance to replace one damaged when it overturned on its way to the hospital a month ago.
6:00PM ( 3 months ago )
Banks County accepts land for new fire/EMS station at Grace Point
Banks County is beginning plans to construct a new fire/emergency medical services station on two acres donated by a well-known organization based in the county.
11:31PM ( 3 months ago )