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Vilas Board Asks For Second Full-Time Judge


The Vilas County Board of Supervisors this week voted 12-8 to ask the state for a second full time judge for Vilas County. The Board feels  the present work load for Judge Neal Nielsen, III has increased considerably.

The resolution was sent to the full board after a 4-3 vote of the legislative & judicial committee and similar arguments were made at the county board both for and against support for a second judge.

County board Chair Ron DeBruyne  favored reducing the work load with sharing a judge from Iron County but there has been no discussions with Iron County and maybe some cases could be shifted to Lac du Flambeau tribal court. Supervisor Erv Teichmiller pointed out sharing a judge between two counties is not a new idea and makes sense because Forest and Florence county share Judge Leon Stenz. It was estimated current vacant Juvenile Intake office space could be modified for about $95,000 to house a second judge with vacant second floor space in the new courthouse addition for court actions.

Additional court staff would cost the county about $60,000. Any decision on a second judge would be made by the director of state courts office and may not happen for at least a year.

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