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Lake County Judge Making Her Case For a Magistrate

LAKE COUNTY - Lake County may be getting a new magistrate judge.  

The "Times" reports an Indiana legislative panel is set to decide next week.

Judge Aleksandra Dimitrijevic made her case to the Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary for the need for another judge in Lake County Court Division 4.  

Dimitrijevic has a heavily increased workload, which she pointed-out to the committee saying that the judicial workload in her court already increased 40% from 2016 to 2019.

She then picked up an extra 8,300 cases after Hammond and Whiting closed their city courts and transferred those cases to her county courtroom that's also located in Hammond.

The Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary's support is required before the General Assembly will consider approving a new, state-paid magistrate position.

Dimitrijevic told the study committee that Lake County Division 4 is the only court in its division that never had a magistrate.

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.