Cumberland judge’s request raises concerns for Hancock County officials

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland’s new town court is getting pushback from Hancock County officials who say the town put the cart before the horse in launching a judicial branch.

The court opened in January to hear mostly traffic ticket citations. It’s held in town hall, which is on the Marion County side of the community. But per state law, citations that originate on the Hancock County side cannot be heard there.

Since half of Cumberland is in Hancock County and half is in Marion County, Cumberland Judge Leroy Wheeler asked county commissioners last week if he could hold court every once in a while in the Hancock County Courthouse for cases that initiated in Hancock County.

But Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tami Napier and Superior Court 2 Judge Dan Marshall voiced concerns.

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