Monthly Archives: February 2013

Non-Lawyer Judges: Municipal Courts

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Last month we discussed judges (Justices of the Peace and Magistrates) who are not required to have law degrees, and whose courts have jurisdiction over areas larger than a city or town. Judges of city, town, village, and other municipal courts in many states are also not required to have law degrees or be practicing lawyers. These judges only have geographical jurisdiction over their own municipality, and in many states their subject-matter jurisdiction is limited to violations of the municipality’s ordinances.

We reviewed New York’s Town Courts and Village Courts in a 2010 post; with over 1200 such courts, … Read More

Looking for a job in Mississippi?

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If you’re looking for a job in Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security has a new website “MDES” for job seekers and employers. Potential employees can register online to search for a new job, register for unemployment, review job hunting tips, learn about Veteran’s services, job fairs, and featured employers.

The website also offers tools for potential employers including recruitment services, online job postings, online viewing of job applications, on-the-job training information, unemployment taxes, and work opportunity tax credit information.

If you are new to Mississippi’s employment website “WINGS,” you can follow the registration information … Read More

THE TREND TOWARD INCLUDING PETS IN PROTECTIVE RESTRAINING ORDERS

In recognition of social and criminal justice data, state courts are enforcing protective orders that include animals.  23 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have enacted laws that allow pets to be included in protective orders (AZ; AK; CA; CO; CT; HI; IL; LA; ME; MD; MA; MN; NV; NJ; NY; NC; OK; OR; TN; TX; VT; WA; WV).

 Victims of domestic violence often delay departure from abusive relationships to prevent animal abuse.  Offenders who commit domestic violence often threaten to harm or kill a family pet to prevent a victim from leaving, or punish … Read More

Ramsey County Launches Online Warrant Database

In a press release issued on January 31, 2013, Minnesota’s Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office announced the launching of its Online Warrant Search (OWS). This web-based application was designed to allow citizens, crime victims, community members, and partner organizations to search for and view public information about people who have active Ramsey County arrest warrants.

“The Online Warrant Search should help improve community safety by providing arrest warrant information online and encouraging citizens to share knowledge with law enforcement,” said Sheriff Matt Bostrom. “An informed and engaged community is central to public safety.”

An arrest warrant calls for the immediate apprehension … Read More