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Jackson County high on list for more judges



Jackson County has a good chance of gaining a new branch of circuit court in the next three years. 

That prediction comes from Pat Brummond, the court administrator for a 15-county area of western Wisconsin. 

Brummond also says Clark and Adams Counties could make a case for adding judges.     

Jackson County only has one branch of circuit court now, compared with three in Monroe County and five in La Crosse County. 

Last week, Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill to create 12 new branches of circuit court in the state over three years.

Individual counties will have to request the extra judges, and Brummond says a heavy load of court cases will be a key in deciding which counties pick up a circuit branch.    

A bill introduced last year in Madison singled out Jackson, Eau Claire, and Adams as some of the area counties that should be assigned an extra judge.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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