LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Tippecanoe County may be adding another court to its judicial system. It has been 20 years since a new court has been approved at the courthouse. Now, judges are looking to create a Tippecanoe Superior Court Seven.
Judge Randy Williams said due to the growing population and opioid crisis, it's tough for some courts to keep up. Some have bigger caseloads than others.
"I think Superior Court IV right now would have the equivalent of two courts worth of work in one court for the year," said Williams.
According to a study in Indianapolis, Tippecanoe County has the caseload of up to 15 courts however, they're only asking for one new judge and court space.
Tippecanoe Magistrate Judge Dan Moore said some days he sees up to 40 new arrests at the jail. That means he has to see all of them in one day in Magistrate court.
"That increase has been typical and the concern is if that would continue to escalate over time, it becomes unsustainable," said Judge Moore.
So far, county commissioners and the county council approve the court but it will need to pass through the state legislature next session to be final.