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October 2, 1998

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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 2 - October 8, 1998- 17 Court 2 now in full o By Kerry Kester Court 2, a Justice of the Peace (JP) court serving the Cape Re- gion, will hold an open house from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26. The e,ent is an opportunity for the public to view the new fa- cility that recently moved to its new building on Route 24, ap- proximately one-quarter mile west of Route 1, from its former location on Route 9. "We specifically changed loca- tions to have easier access to the beaches," said Judge Pat Griffin, chief magistrate. She said build- ing the court was part of the long- range plan developed in the 1980s to improve security and function- ality in the courts. Court 2's jurisdiction is often concurrent with that of the Court of Common Pleas. Its staff in- cludes judges Bill Brittingham, Jenny Coffelt and Jack Hudson. Cases Court 2 is likely to oversee often pertain to misdemeanor of- fenses, county code violations, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control violations and traffic of- fenses. The court may also issue warrants. "The basis of JP Court is sort'of like a wagon wheel hub," ex- plained Brittingham. "If we can't handle it here, then we shoot it out to another court." Typically, he said, the first step in a courtroom peration on Rt. 24 Kerry Kester photos Court 2 recently moved to a new building on Route 24, ap- proximately 1/4 mile west of Route 1. It is open Monday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 8 ehnL - midnight; and Satur- day, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m,; it is closed Sundays and holidays. Below, Judge Bill Brittingham sits on the bench in the new courtroom. proceeding is for the magistrate to advise the defendant of the right to be represented by an attorney. Those people who cannot afford attorneys and need public defend- ers must move their cases to the Court of Common Pleas, he said. He said defendants have the fight to have their cases heard at Court 2, where judges may or may not be attorneys, or they may opt to have their cases moved to an- other court. Those who decide to keep their cases in Court 2 have their charges explained to them by a judge, who will also explain the penalties associated with the charges. Those who plead guilty in Court 2 may not appeal the de- cision, he said. Those who plead not guilty are scheduled for trial at a later date. If, however, they are found guilty of a crime at trial, and the fine exceeds $100 or more than 30 days of imprisonment, they may appeal the ruling. Power In Tune With Nature I"IOTI'II GradyWhite powered by mR RInr=- 4-Stroke Honda Outboard "The Quiet, Fue/ Efficient Motel We recommend you read the owner's manual and always wear a personal fiotation device while boating. State Boston Whaler powered by Power . ,., w.,, r,.re 4-Stroke Honda Outboard ]['][01T]D'II" We recommend you read tle owner's manual and always wear a personal flotation device while boating. addressing the concerns we have about our District. Gary invites you to get involved and help shape the future of Delaware. For Us. For Our Future. For Our Families. Elect Gary Simpson for State Senate Paid for by Friends to Elect Gary Simpson