The League of Women Voters of Wyoming urges you to vote in favor of Constitutional Amendment C. This amendment will remove some language from the Wyoming Constitution and give the District Court judges more leeway in delegating some responsibilities to District Court commissioners. These commissioners already exist and are used at times, but language in the Constitution is very restrictive as to when they may act.
The caseload for District Court judges has increased dramatically since the Wyoming Constitution was written in 1889. Using court commissioners for some non-trial duties will help to expedite the legal process for Wyoming citizens.
Many statutes have a specific, short, time requirement for district court attention. For example, actions involving juveniles or mental health are required to be heard quickly. If the district judge is presiding at a trial or is in another county, a court commissioner can be appointed to act on behalf of the judge in these instances.
Court commissioners are only used when needed and their work is always subject to review by the judge. However, the need has increased, and using court commissioners on occasion is a reasonable, inexpensive alternative to that of adding judges.
Please join us in voting “yes” on Constitutional Amendment C to maintain our access to district courts.
League of Women Voters of Wyoming
For the complete article see the 11-06-2012 issue.
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