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LCBA members speak out about court system in survey

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The Lake County Bar Association has released the unofficial survey results from its April 13 Bench and Bar Conference. The results, available as a PDF file, are available on the LCBA's Web site, www.lakecountybar.com or http://www.lakecountybar.com/Survey_Results1_unofficial.pdf.

The survey asked 124 respondents if city and town courts should be abolished and replaced with a lesser number of full-time Superior Courts to perform the same functions (no: 91 votes; yes: 35 votes); whether any Superior or Circuit courts should relocate to other courthouses or other locations; if additional specialized courts should be developed; issues concerning probate commissioners; the hiring and firing of magistrates/referees; the issue of patronage in hiring and firing court personnel (91 respondents said it is an issue, 26 said it is not); the chief judge's responsibilities; the public defenders' office; and the idea of adding an information desk/resource center in all of the courthouses (yes: 86 votes; no: 28 votes).
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