In order to reduce the backlog of cases caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph appointed four special judges to assist the Hinds County Circuit Court. Among the four appointed is Vicksburg attorney Frank G. Voller.
According to a report by WLBT, Randolph appointed Voller, Andrew K. Howorth of Oxford, Betty W. Sanders of Greenwood and Stephen B. Simpson of Gulfport on Thursday to focus on felony criminal cases which have become a burden on the regular docket.
“The sitting Hinds County Circuit Judges, the District Attorney’s office, and the Public Defender’s office all have come together with the AOC to agree on an action plan, and the Circuit Clerk, the Sheriff, and the Board of Supervisors will ensure courtroom facilities are available and secure. And, of course, the appointed special judges deserve thanks for agreeing to accept their appointments,” said Greg Snowden, Director of the Administrative Office of Courts.
The elected judges will maintain the active dockets and continue to try other cases and final dispositions.
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