Court Weary: Local Judges Among State's Leaders In Handling Jury Trials (with Video)

By Jeff Neumeyer

February 7, 2013 Updated Feb 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Allen County's criminal judges are piling up impressive numbers when it comes to presiding over jury trials.

Does it suggest they are overworked and need some help?

An Indiana University law professor did a study, totaling up the number of jury trials conducted around the state between 2007 and 2011.

There were 434 criminal trials held in Allen County during that period.

During that same time, Martin and Union counties didn’t have even one.

The study also ranked the criminal court judges who'd presided over the most trials.

All three Allen County courts scored among the top five.

That's eye popping when you consider there are more than 500 judges statewide.

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull believes one of the main reasons for those big numbers is, rather than let trials back up on one judge's calendar, judges in this county pick up trials for their busy counterparts.

" We believe very strongly that justice delayed is not justice, so if we continue to do what we've been doing in the past, I think you're going to see numbers like what you're seeing over the past five years," Judge Gull said.

The question arises, why not add another criminal judge locally, to spread out the workload?

Judge Gull says part of the problem is lack of space.

It’s not clear where the new judge and his or her staff would be situated in the Allen County Courthouse.

But Gull says it’s a moot point anyway, because she’s convinced the state wouldn’t fund the extra position.

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